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Laura McClanahan

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Los Angeles, California

Birth year

Lives in
New Jersey

Works in
New Jersey


MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), 2007, MFA

Representing galleries
Morristown, NJ, Cos Cob, Ct., Simon Gallery, The Drawing Room Art Gallery

abstract, Cells video-art digital, microscopic, sea, ocean, science, photograms photography


At the core of Laura’s research through art is water. According to the artist, water takes on many metaphors for our patterns of thought and behavior. The river is her primary example showing how we flow around problems like the meander around a boulder. Her concern for stagnation in her own life and a deep desire to grow spiritually keeps her examining water patterns to express her own sensation of being in the flow of life.


Laura’s thesis at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) was Chaos Patterns, the study of the calligraphic lines found in water patterns of the vortex, wave, drop and meander. She presented this work in black and white using photo cut out collage and video. She has also studied what is in water, developing a series of plankton like photograms in the color darkroom with her own blown glass. Coming back recently to researching how water behaves, she used the techniques of; aerial photography of rivers, observational photographic set-ups on broken glass and poured water terrain paintings on loose canvas.

Recent Exhibits

Laura McClanahan participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 Outside Focus
The Draing Room
Sep, 2014 Outside Focus
The Drawing Room Art Gallery
Sep, 2013 2013 Members Exhibition
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
Sep, 2013 Laura McClanahan - Evolving Patterns - Solo Exhibition
Simon Gallery
Dec, 2012 BREAKING PATTERNS - Oil at Parallax Art Fair, MIAMI
Soho Studios, Wynwood Convention Center
Sep, 2012 Simon Gallery, "UNTITLED"
The Center for Contemporary Art
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