What is the best thing that I love about my work?
The best thing about my work is that it takes me into another “reality” where I am just in contact with my own decisions at the same time allowing a space for the greater consciousness to nudge me with intuitions. It’s really a magical place.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Being in that magical place…working towards a finished piece and then being totally amazed at the outcome.
What is my greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that my husband will die before me.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
My inner-critic. Although the inner-critic is important to evaluate work, it can also be stifling and deflating.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
I admire the women artists that have come before me and stand beside me making art with a serious purpose.
What is my greatest extravagance?
My greatest extravagance is traveling on Viking cruises, so as to explore other cultures and their histories. However, these cruises have become grist for the mill as it were. My husband and I take thousands of photos of our travels and build stories around them through digital imagery.
On what occasion would I lie?
Sometimes I might lie in order not to offend someone, but I try very hard to be honest.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Perhaps that it is so solid.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
The last time I was at the foundry to pick up my last sculpture. Seeing my clay model transformed to it’s final bronze state is always a joy.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I would like to be more at ease in talking about my work to strangers. Sometimes I lose focus and then lose the words.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
My greatest achievement is that I continue to grow and get better at what I do and that I continue to push myself to do so.
Where would I most like to live?
It would be a dream to live in Paris, but in reality I love living in Los Angeles. There are so many cultural advantages in living here and by and large the weather is wonderful.
What is my most treasured possession?
On my first wedding anniversary both my husband and I gave each other a crystal pendant without knowing the other would. (What can I say…it was the 80’s.)
What is my most marked characteristic?
I think it’s my heart. I put a lot of heart and determination into everything I do, especially my art and my marriage. Also my husband has given me a wonderful collection of heart pins every year on Valentines Day.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Sitting on the balcony with my husband, glass of wine in hand, looking out over the city of Los Angeles is probably the most inspirational spot I know.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I don’t really have a favorite place to eat and drink unless it’s that balcony I just mentioned.
What books influenced my life and how?
Jane Eyre was my first favorite book. She was the first female character that felt like a feminist to me. Even though she was poor, she kept her dignity and did things the way she felt was right. On the other end, Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood showed the dark side of girls as only young girls can be. I’m interested in how we form our sense of self, our identities. These books became the inspiration for a large-scale art installation called The Looking Glass Lounge representing fictional female characters over time and different cultures.
Who are my favorite writers?
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and Margaret Atwood of course. Recently I have been reading Fredrik Backman and Neil Gaiman who wrote American Gods.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
I think on my last day I would like to listen to something classical or experimental with violins that would carry me off into the ether. I have just begun to feel that violins carry emotion like no other instrument.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Although I am in love with the new incarnation of Wonder Woman I think for me, Plum from the new hit series Dietland is more relatable for this day in age. She wants to be strong and to grow into her best self.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Right now my heroines are Samantha Bee for her courage to point out the foibles of the dastardly and Hilary Clinton for her courage to stand up under incredible pressure from the opposition, while trying to create a path from which all people would benefit. My art heroines are mostly sculptors: Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Alison Saar, Kiki Smith and all my contemporaries who are trying to make a difference in the world through art.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
I would recommend “The Shape of Water” because it shifts the focus from those in power to those with other kinds of power. Plus it’s gorgeous to watch.
What role plays art in my life and work?
It is central to my life and my experiences. It is the thing that keeps me sane and gives me an avenue to express my feelings about the world. As a high school student I went on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Right then and there I was hooked on sculpture, never dreaming I would be making my own bronze sculpture some day.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My partner in crime is my husband, Dean Larson. In the last three years we have been working collaboratively, incorporating images of my sculpture into his architectural shots from our trips to Europe. It’s really engaging us. The result is a collaborative digital image that’s 17 inches high by 23.5 feet wide.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
Of course, my husband is the number 1 artist I want to work with. I am already working with an exceptional group of artists including the brilliant art historian and curator, Betty Brown who wrote an essay for our catalogue. I continue to work with Scott Katano at Sumo Studio, Nancy Turner-Smith who printed our image for our upcoming show, Arie Kupferwasser who wrote a fabulous poem for us for our show and bookbinder, Stephanie Gibbs who did a suburb job on binding our artist book.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?
I would love to meet and work with more curators and gallery directors. Three visual artist I’d love to meet are Julie Heffernan (painter) and Kiki Smith (sculptor) and Peter Shelton (sculptor).
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
Dean and I are finishing up our solo show, “The Council Gathers In Time.” After this we will look towards traveling and photographing images from the Mediterranean for another visual story.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
You can find the show mentioned above at the Los Angeles Art Association at 825 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90069 through October 12, 2018. Also you can see my Public Art work at various locations around Los Angeles such as Fire Station 65 in Watts, another Fire Station #34 in Pasadena, Van Ness Child Care Center in South Los Angeles, and one in Lincoln Heights as well as a Parking Enforcement Facility in West Los Angeles. You can also find us on our website at www.larsonart.net
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I can’t imagine a time when I would want to stop making art as it’s so ingrained into my being. It’s the flame that never dies, always curious, always exploring.
How can you contact me? Contact me at lauralinnlarson on instagram, or email me at email@example.com