Contact Laura Hallen
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE #428
Minneapolis, MN 55413
I am a multi-media artist as well as a certified Master Gardener. The ways in which I identify myself as an artist, botanist and conservationist are manifested in my work. I mimic intricate patterns of plants by abstracting them through a variety of media, including painting, mixed media and installation.
My current art is an ongoing investigation of growing and interacting with plants, understanding their usefulness in our daily lives, and creating works based on my fascination of the botanical world. I find inspiration in the history of ethnobotany, plant taxonomy, the discovery of botanical species, and the evolution of existing and fictional plants. I am focused on my own discovery of imagined species that will adapt, exist and be useful in the future.
Throughout my career, I have exhibited at The MN Landscape Arboretum, Artistry, 535 Gallery, Silverwood Gallery, Kolman & Pryor Gallery, SooVac, Fox Tax Gallery, HI Gallery, Umber Studios, Gallery 360, as well as my studio in the Northrup King Building. I have received two MSAB Initiative Grants (2011 and 2013) and have been featured on MN Original (2010). I received my BFA in painting from the University of Minnesota in 1997, and a Master Gardener Certificate, Pro-Hort in 2006, also from the University of Minnesota. Currently I am creating a new body of paintings of plants that mimic the behaviors of water, such as surface waves, seiches, and fetch patterns. This work will be on display at The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth from March-June of 2019. This solo show titled Middleshore, is about the sublime beauty and terror of large bodies of water; as well as the magnetism and emotional draw to water.
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