Laura Kimpton investigates the personal and universal aspects of the self. Often employing encaustic wax to mold, paint, and encase ideas and things, Kimpton's paintings and assemblages are packed with historical markers and language. Words like "me", "you", "we" embedded in the works act not only as wordplay but also as a mantra to encourage the viewer to experience the self and its subsequent dissolution.
Discarded objects such as toys, buttons, stamps, TV knobs, and antique type work together with old images and photographs to create a new meaning and life. The artist states, "It's remarkable how so many things made 20 to 30 years ago were created with caring hands and craftsmanship. So much today is designed with the 'throw-away' mentality. By using recycled objects in my work the art piece begins with a history and personality. The objects often direct me to where I'm heading with a piece."
Having gained recognition for her work by distinguished art collector Rene di Rosa through his choice of her work as "Best of Show" and an award at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Rosa, CA, Kimpton has established herself as a promising contemporary artist. She has shown her works in several galleries throughout California as well as completing an exceptional installation work at the Pigman Gallery in San Francisco. She is a regular exhibitor of works and installation at the Arts Guild of Sonoma and was recently featured in a Solo Exhibition at the Schomburg Gallery in Bergamot Station, Los Angeles. Kimpton received a BFA in Photography from The San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Counseling Psychology at The University of San Francisco. She currently resides in the Bay Area.
Installation by Laura Kimpton in collaboration with Jeff Schomberg
May 31 thru Jun 23, 2007