Quilt for Bees
2014, Reclaimed copper, redwood, patinas, colorants, metal leaf, 24 x 34 x 1 in.
Laura Sturtz is a versatile artist creating work in both 3D and 2D. She explores both geometric and organic forms in her artwork. Presently, her work is primarily in metals and wood. She also spent 10+ years almost exclusively creating in ceramic. She enjoys being challenged by processes in exploring various media. Both wood and metal present joinery, form, and finishing issues. Her Quilt Series was inspired by a childhood memory of a time-worn quilt on her grandparent's bed. Accumulating elements with common and disparate threads and subsequent positioning of fragments developed into her collage series.
Laura loves to create with the human form. Growing up in New York, there was a diversity of faces to observe. She grew up drawing portraits of friends and family and continues to participate in life-drawing sessions.
She has participated in numerous juried national and regional exhibitions, thus, her work is in many national and international private collections. Currently, she simultaneously works on at least two different bodies of work. She says that with so many options, life is too short to simply focus on one area to the exclusion of all else.