Laura Wooten presents her yearlong journey of creating a collage each week for the year of 2012. As an artist living in the Virginia suburbs, Wooten seeks to both confront and integrate her multiple identities of artist, wife, mother, and suburbanite. Breaking from her previous body of work, depicting imaginary landscapes, Wooten finds inspiration in the details of her everyday life.
Juggling a busy schedule of art, work and family, the steady practice of making small drawings becomes the foundation for the collages. A commitment to weekly creativity brings a new momentum and spirit of discovery to her work, resulting in a heightened sense of curiosity, gratitude, and the ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. This project explores what is achievable in tiny increments over time, by committing to small consistent actions and an attitude of openness to what is here, now, in the present.
Laura Wooten has been making art since she could hold a crayon, and her work continues to be influenced by the gardens and landscapes of her childhood. Her paintings and collages explore the intersection of observation, memory, and invention, presenting a richly layered view of her intricate and imaginative worlds. Laura earned her undergraduate degree in Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and continued on at UVa as an Aunspaugh Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Studio Art. She attended the summer program at the Chautauqua Institution School of Art, NY, for two summers before earning her MFA from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1997. She also had the opportunity to spend a summer in Perugia, Italy at the Accademia de Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci, where the panoramic Mediterranean landscape took hold of her imagination. Her work continues to be influenced by her travels to far away places, as well as the familiar joys of home.