February 3, 2012 – February 25, 2012
Laura Ball presents a menagerie of Archimobodesque wildlife, a pantheon of animals rendered from an aggregate of other creatures. These paintings vibrate with color and life as the subjects at hand, often animals, are set in motion by the fluid nature of the watercolor medium. The pastel palette and facile brushwork belie a violence that emerges upon a closer examination of each watercolor painting. The latent content of the paintings is met with her realist aesthetic as she walks the line of animal and beast, dream and reality. The primal nature of our internal impulses and their dream-world expressions are given the freedom to unfold in a place where moral weight and the laws of physics are suspended, and acts of aggression, violence, and sexuality serve as productive steps towards conquering our Jungian “shadow” and slaying the monsters that hold us back from a healthy progression in our daily lives.
Laura Ball lives and works in San Diego, California. She received a M.F.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and B.S. from the University of California, Davis. Her work has been exhibited on both coasts and is included in numerous private collections. She is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York and Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago.
Sponsored by the FUNd@CACF.