Laura Lancaster

IS THAT A FACE?
2013
oil on canvas
55 1/8 x 70 7/8 inches

British artist Laura Lancaster strikingly paints the text inscribed on the backs of discarded vintage photographs found on eBay or flea markets. She enlivens unconscious scribbles into unexpected subject matter, rendering the letters attentively. Lines become masses of paint while words retain their legibility. This meditation on time, memory and death beautifully illuminates the space between the intimate photo and all the carelessly disbanded and lost memories. Laura Lancaster’s work has been collected internationally. Her work has been exhibited at the DLI Museum, Durham; Bailiffgate Museum, Northumberland; Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art; and Laing Art Gallery & Museum, Newcastle, among others.

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courtesy of the artist and workplace gallery, gateshead
gallery website: www.workplacegallery.co.uk