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Laura Splan

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Purse, Cosmetic facial peel, mixed media, 14”H x 6”W x 3”D
Gloves, Cosmetic facial peel, mixed media, 1”H x 12”L x 3.5”W (each glove)
Handkerchief (Anatomy of Tears), Machine embroidery, cosmetic facial peel, 8.5”H x 8.5”D
Incomplete Retrieval, Blood on watercolor paper, 11”H x 11”W
Wallpaper, blood on wallpaper, 86"H x 96"W / Negligee, Machine embroidery, cosmetic facial peel, dress form, 64”H x 16”W x 16”D
Artist's Statement

My work explores perceptions of beauty and horror, comfort and discomfort. I use anatomical and medical imagery as a point of departure to explore these dualities and our ambivalence towards the human body. I often combine scientific images and materials with more domestic or familiar ones. This juxtaposition creates a response that fluctuates between seduction and repulsion, comfort and alienation. I try to create work that evokes a dichotomous experience with formal imagery that upon closer inspection reveals some uncomfortable truth about our cultural and biological conditions. My work attempts to challenge our constructed responses to these images by triggering a double take in which the viewer re-evaluates their initial perceptions.


Laura Splan is a New York City based mixed media artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of California, Irvine where she originally studied Biological Sciences. She received her Master of Fine Art in Sculpture from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her conceptually driven work employs a variety of materials and processes that usually have a feminine sensibility about them. Unsettling, biomedical imagery is foiled by more comfortable domestic imagery and craft processes. Likewise, the seemingly familiar and benign are subverted by the anatomical and biological. She often uses her own body in the production of materials for her work such as blood and discarded facial peel. She recently became a certified phlebotomist.