Laura J. Stein

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Mixed Color, 2016, paper collage, 41x29
Turquoise and Gold, 2016, paper collage, 41x29
Beige and Gold, 2016, paper collage, 30x22
Silver and Color, 2016, paper collage, 22x30
Almost Black and White, 2016, paper collage, 22x30
Laura J.
Artist's Statement

Artist Statement: I make collages out of paper. I use auction catalogs, with displays of jewels, silver, and gold antique pieces or reproductions of paintings and drawings that I repurpose for my own use. Usually, I have some preconceived ideas about the colors and the composition. Sometimes I successfully execute the idea right off. But many times I realize it is not working, the energy is not there, and the picture is stagnant. In those cases I scrape away and try to find an answer in the the sources that are splayed out around me. I am making patterns out of cutouts or paper brushstrokes . The tricky part is when I assemble many pieces together in an actionable way and then have to figure out the mechanics of attaching them to the paper. I use a razor to cut around and inlay the strokes and fragments. I began as a painter, and often I discovered that in the course of painting I would be holding several brushes in my hand at once. Now



Laura J. Stein was born in 1955 in New York City. She received a BFA from Cornell University with additional studies at the Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union, and the Art Student’s League. Her work has been featured in,365Artists/,, and It will be exhibited at the Morlan Gallery, Lexington, KY, and has been exhibited in the office of the Manhattan Borough President, at the Next Gallery in Soho, NYC; the Small Works Show at 80 Wash. Sq. E. Gallery, NYC; the Westbeth Painters Space, NYC; the Condesco-Lawler Gallery, NYC; and the Jacob Fanning Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her website is