Working primarily through gestural representational painting, Laura Findlay compresses massive sublime natural forces to the confines of a canvas, while exposing and enlarging the quiet and mysterious world of nocturnal bodies.
During her residency at Open Studio, Findlay used a dark field monotype printing process to render images from a garden at night, considering it as a transitory site to examine the interplay in notions of nature, the environment, and technology. The cycle of life and death and rebirth in a garden echoes the sequence of how Findlay produces a print by adding, manipulating, and wiping away ink to produce an image before affixing it to paper. She explores how these subjects and actions can be intertwined in a project that marries the process and the idea on the surface of the work.
Laura Findlay(b. 1984 Montreal) received her BFA from Concordia University in 2011 and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2014. Her practice encompasses painting, drawing, and installation, with recent exhibitions at Gallery 1C03, Winnipeg; Norberg Hall, Calgary; Egret Egress, Toronto; Galerie Division, Montreal; Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto, and Forest City Gallery, London. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Banff Centre, and at the Brucebo Foundation in Gotland, Sweden. She now lives and works in Toronto, Canada.