ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am a New York artist (Brooklyn, Staten Island, Westchester) from a family of self-taught painters and sculptors. I ‘ve always loved art and feel fortunate to experience working in various medias; two main focuses are primarily metal sculpture and painting.
Exploring thoughtful creation in metalwork is the area where I most often work. The medium calls me. I often incorporate reclaimed items, reinventing them is very exciting and challenging; reclaimed items are complimented with the use of new material.
For my metal work, the materials often generate a plan to what composition might become rather than the other way around. The material pulls the work into a direction after contemplating it from various angles. I am drawn to botanical/nature subjects.
I am supported by my local businesses that share metal parts for me to consider transforming into its next life. We share a communal appreciation for what fire, metal and imagination creates. Recent works often involve automobile parts and other machinery reimagined. Some sculptures are kinetic.
As a counterpoint to metal work, my paintings and drawings mainly focus on traditional themes, particularly botanical based subjects. I prefer a simple background generally. Through my mind’s eye, translucent watercolor and paints transform into a piece that often articulates my love of nature in simple and colorful ways.
Life can be complex; art is one way my mind interprets, articulates and shares my perspective & viewpoint.
Laura R. Lavan, an award winning artist past member of Mamaroneck Artist Guild, has studied various art mediums and in the last decade studied primarily with Brigitte Loritz, Mel Stabin, Michael Dollar, David Dunlop, Robert Perucci and Mark Andreas of Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT. Lavan’s work has been collected by both public and private collections in primarily in CA, CT, NY, and MA.