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A. Laura Brody

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Birthplace
Fairbanks, AK

Birth year
1968

Lives in
Altadena, CA

Works in
Los Angeles

Website

Schools
California Institute of the Arts, 1992, MFA
Scripps College, 1989, BFA

Representing galleries

Tags
exhibition/performance, modern, conceptual, sculpture, functional art sculpture, performance figurative mixed-media, disability, repurposed sculpture, wheelchair

A. Laura Brody

“We are all buried treasure. Let our overlooked and unused remnants shine.”

A. Laura Brody is a costume creator by trade and a functional artist by design and desire. Her Edwardian Cyborg electric  wheelchair is included in Dr. Grymm’s 1000 Steampunk Creations. Her Victorian inspired walker (Le Flaneur) showed at the Steampunk Form and Function show at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Both pieces are due to be published in Steampunk:  A Complete Guide to Victorian Techno-Fetishism by Vienna Von Schwartz.

 “Opulent Mobility is an attempt to re-create disability devices so they and their users can inspire admiration, desire and even envy. I love bringing out discarded items and materials and making them the center of attention. Zipper teeth become lace edgings, ball bearings act as pendants and centerpieces, remnant snap tape becomes footlights and old tablecloths are reborn into upholstered cushions and deconstructed finery. 

Old electric wheelchairs or thrift store walkers are buried treasure to be discovered, renewed and re-formed. By using them, the drivers and walkers can tap into childhood dreams of becoming heroines, kings, rockstars and supervillains. If my works are steampunk, they are in the mad scientist mode: reconfiguring ordinary objects in hopes of making them extraordinary.”

Find more about her work at www.dreamsbymachine.com.

Recent Exhibits

A. Laura Brody participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2013 Opulent Mobility- A Call For Art
Bell Arts Factory
 
Oct, 2010 Steampunk Form and Function Exhibit
Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
 
Jun, 2010 Presque Pret A Porter
Hollywood Fringe Festival
 
Aug, 2009 Cannibal Flower 9th Anniversary show
Cannibal Flower - 2079 E. 15th St.
 
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