Against Gravity (detail)

Against Gravity (detail)

Artist Statement

Laura Van Duren is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the human tendency to cling to a sense of permanence in the face of entropy and change. Van Duren dismantles discarded furniture, canes, tools or anything that once supported the body.  Stripping away their intended use, she rebuilds them into whimsical flesh and bones that invite the viewer to get close and inspect the curious details. Inherent in these disparate materials of wood, soap, vinyl and thread is a reference to how our patched together perceptions can fool us into holding on to certainty in the face of constant unpredictability.