Swenson, Laurel

About the artist
Each of my paintings emerge over time with layers of texture, marks, colour, and materials in a call-and-response-like manner. Marks are laid down and call for the next response in the form of action. Each stoke or pull of the knife informs and provokes the next mark. My painting is a visual expression of the struggle of this process. I am particularly interested in the themes of transition, struggle and growth. The process of painting mirrors the struggle we all experience just by living as a human being. There are peaks and valleys during this creative process — it can be both exhilarating and depressing. It can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. The struggles in the process of making a painting and the struggles in our lives contain a message that gives us information about the next decision we need to make. When I hit an obstacle in the process of making a painting, I know I need to make a change in my approach. The obstacle is the message. My paintings celebrate the value of struggle in our lives. Please visit me in my studio during the Crawl — Studio 224, 1000 Parker, at Parker Street Studios. — Laurel

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. — Agnes Martin

Map Code: D3
1000 Parker St
Vancouver , BC
Studio #224