Join The Jasper Project and Laurie McIntosh as we celebrate the opening reception of her exhibition in the gallery space at Harbison Theatre. Her work is currently on display and available for viewing during normal business hours and special events.
At 6:30 PM on January 25, Laurie will speak briefly and give you the opportunity to enjoy her work prior to the opening curtain for Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken. During intermission, you’re invited to revisit the art and speak with Laurie individually. Her artwork will be available for purchase. Learn more about Laurie and her work below.
The exhibition is free and available for viewing from December 2023 through February 2024.
Laurie Brownwell McIntosh
I was raised in an environment that supported and encouraged the creative process.
I have discovered through the years that I don’t work like many artist do. I don’t have an exact style or medium that defines me. I work in large bodies of work that usually take years to explore. These large bodies are many times divided into series within the body. Most of these bodies of work are driven by line and shape trying to express ideas and stories through mark making, color, shape and texture.
Several times it has been a true calling from within myself... sounds corny but it’s true. This is the work that can’t be denied. Or I find something that intrigues me, something I want to explore, and then I research and pursue that avenue until I have exhausted my curiosity and then I move on. The medium I use is the one that solves the problem presented before me.
In my head I compare it to a writer who writes novels. The idea.. the reserch.. the execution.. the editing… the chapters... the final execution and the presentation of the finished pieces. Once this is done, onto the next. Almost always, within the present body of work I stumble on the next path. Almost...
I have also discovered that the quickest way to become dissatisfied with my work is to create art for people I do not know. I have to trust my gut and follow my own lead and my own truth. If I make art with the thought of what others might like, or buy, I’ve sold myself out. I will have left none of myself behind when I’m gone if I’ve spent my time trying to please others and by guessing what strangers might want.
In my newest body of work in linocut is a result of studying a new medium, navigating the isolation of the past three years and celebrating our coming out of it. My family enjoyed being together during that time, spending time gathering crabs and fish, growing tomatoes, and doing the things outdoors that we love. It kept us busy.
My family’s most treasured times are sharing that bounty with dear friends, which is reflected in the collection. Being able to gather with people again and enjoy homegrown and home-caught food, tell some tall tales, drink a cold beer, and have a laugh is what my family is all about. I hope that love of people and the land comes across in this body of work.