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Artist Work

the near to far
oil on panel
16 x 16 inches
ash and moss, hold us together
Oil on panel
2 panels, 24” x 24” each
to the moon & reflecting return
oil on panel, wood, mirror tile
two 14 " x 14" panels, 40” x 10.5” x 10” wooden structure,
revel in the space between
oil on panel
36 x 36 inches
to wonder what could, what would be
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
left unsaid
oil on panel
Horizontal Diptych: 2 panels, each 24 x 30 inches

Artist Information

Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

Within my paintings and installations, the structures and systems created are illogical they are delicate and makeshift in a way that may not endure their own weight, let alone the impending disruptions. Yet, they are made, and to me they reference the sustained need to try, to build, to create, even in the face of complete futility. They depict the instinctive, sometimes manic, and desperate human act of building and within them I am thinking about the cyclical rise and fall of civilizations.

Artist Bio

Magnolia Laurie was born in Massachusetts and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College and her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, and the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming. Magnolia’s work has been supported with grants from the Creative Baltimore Fund, the Maryland State Arts Council Grants, the Belle Foundation and a Mid Atlantic Creative Fellowship. Magnolia lives in Baltimore, MD and is an Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.