I work in the tradition of painting as well as that of exploring objects, light and space as art. A painter working with untraditional or “un-artistic” materials, I cultivate tension between anti-formal and formal, free and deliberate, intuitive and analytical, expressive and conceptual, feminine and masculine.
My recent work is primarily about a focus on light and attention to ordinary moments and things as they are, shifting and changing.
Installations connect re-purposed objects, hand-made things, photographs, painting, drawing, light, video projection and space. Pieces are both independently complete and are unified site-specifically.
Light, openings and things serve as subject, object, formal and architectural elements, and painterly media in my work. An enduring focus of painters throughout history, light has always fascinated me for its effect on perception, as well as its innate, energetic, illusionistic and symbolic qualities.
My work is informed by a great diversity of artists, from Giotto to Magritte, Duchamps, Cy Twombly, Richard Tuttle, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin, and countless others. Teachers Nathan Oliviera and David Schorr supported and inspired me in my printmaking days. More recently and most importantly, the work of Tom Wudl—his art, experience, knowledge and insight--has helped liberate and enrich my seeing, thinking and experience of art.
Laurie Katz Yehia was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a B.A. magna cum laude with Honors in Art from Wesleyan University in 1978, and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1982.
She also majored in studio art as an undergraduate at Stanford University and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and Tom Wudl’s studio in Los Angeles.
Her work has been exhibited in California, New York, Connecticut, and Washington.
Laurie is married with three sons and currently resides in Santa Monica, California.