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ABOUT

           My name is Laura Sellers, and I earned my Bachelors of Art and Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and my Masters of Fine Arts from  Western Carolina University.  Currently, I am located in Asheville, North Carolina and I am teaching  two-dimensional design foundations, introductory painting and drawing courses at Western Carolina University and Warren Wilson College.  I married my husband, Eric Harrison, in 2016, and he is a professional lighting and sound engineer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  Our collaborative work includes projection mapping on sculptural forms with video which is essentially “painting with light.”

Laura Sellers Harrison’s Artist Statement

 

            Currently I am creating degraded landscape paintings that feature a vanishing open road.  This illusion of the never-ending road has been part of my childhood as well as part of my current commute to Western Carolina University from Asheville. Part of these paintings include spray paint graffiti drips that appear like the sky is precipitating.  I include elements of water in my work, as I see water as being one of our most important natural resources.  All of the details in the landscape have been reduced to bands of color.  The very tight geometric landscape is broken by the chaotic nature of the aerosol drips. These drips seemingly destroy the precision of the masked off shapes in the landscape.   These paintings represent how we move through the landscape in cars, but also how this movement is causing the melting occurring in our Arctic regions.  This environmental focus has become an important aspect of my work.  I believe that we as humans destroy the landscape by existing within it, but we as artists can bring attention to this, so that we can find more environmentally friendly ways to coexist with nature in the future.

Exhibitions:

OBX ART TRUCK Collaborative Bed Gallery Exhibition in the Outer-banks, NC, May 2019

Black Mountain College's re{Happening} #9 in Black Mountain, NC, March 2019

Western Carolina University Faculty Biennial Exhibition in Cullowhee, NC, January 2019

Taylor Gallery Collaborative Exhibition in Asheville, NC, November 2018

Also Gallery Online Solo Exhibition, November 2018

Cancer Mural Consortium, collaborative mural at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC,  August, 2018

“Raw” All-female Collaborative Exhibition at the Satellite Gallery in Asheville, NC May, 2018

“Blow Ins II” Collaborative WCU Exhibition at 126 Gallery in Galway, Ireland, January, 2018

Paint Memphis 170-Artist Collaborative Mural in Memphis, TN, September, 2017

Harvest Records Solo Exhibition in West Asheville, NC, July, 2017

“Debut” Collaborative Exhibition at Push Gallery, downtown Asheville, NC, July, 2017

Cleveland County Arts Council WCU Graduate Student Collaborative Exhibition Shelby, NC July, 2017

Jackson County Arts Council Photography Solo Exhibition at the Sylva County Courthouse in Sylva, NC, January, 2017

International Collaborative “#AVLGLITCH” Exhibition at the Orange Space in the River Arts District Asheville, NC, July, 2016

Exhibition at the Collider in connection with the National Center for Environmental Education (NCEE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Asheville, NC in 2016 - Present

“Draw, We Draw, Draw What?” WCU MFA Collaborative Exhibition at the Bascom Museum in Highlands, NC in January, 2016

“The Projected Landscape” Thesis Exhibition at WCU Fine Art Museum in Cullowhee, NC, October, 2015

“Whee Fresh” Collaborative Exhibition with the Asheville Area Arts Council in the Grove Arcade  in Asheville, NC, 2015

Collaborative Exhibition in the Asheville Regional Airport in Arden, NC, March 2014

WCU MFA Collaborative Exhibition at the Bascom Museum in Highlands, NC, January 2014

“WCU MFA BFA” Collaborative Graduate Student Exhibition at the Tannery Studios in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC, May, 2014

Collaborative WCU MFA Exhibition at the Fatty Gallery in Sylva, NC, May, 2014

Solo Exhibition at the Colburn Earth Science Museum in Asheville, NC, 2012