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A. Laura Brody

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Driven, 2009 Electric Wheelchair, Upholstery, Machinery 32" W X 45" H X 45" D © Laura Brody
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Prosthetic Super Heroine: Gadgets, 2013 Pencil 0" X 9" X 12" Inches © 2013
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Presque Pret a Porter, 2010 Repurposed Fabric, Tape, Staples Varies © 2010
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Le Flaneur/ The SteamWalker, 2009, redesigned 2013 Mixed Reused Materials, Gps Unit, Compass 87" X 34" X 41" Inches © 2013
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Driven, the Edwardian Cyborg Wheelchair, 2009, redesigned 2013 Electric Wheelchair, Reused Materials And Hardware 45" X 32" X 45" Inches © 2013, photo by Heidi Marie Photography
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The Rocking Duck Boat, 2013 Reused Materials And Duck Decoys 55" X 42" X 55" Inches © 2013, photo by Heidi Marie Photography
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Nebula Enthroned, 2014 Reused Materials, Manual Wheelchair Base 6' X 3' X 4' Feet © 2014, photo by Heidi Marie Photography
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Nebula Enthroned (3/4 view), 2014 Reused Materials, Manual Wheelchair Base 6' X 3' X 4' Feet © 2014, photo by Heidi Marie Photography
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Staple Draping at Schkapf, 2014 Staples, Repurposed Fabrics Varies © 2014, photo by Olya Petrakova
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Firebird, 2014 Reused Materials, Batting And Salvaged Beads 44" X 44" X 40" Inches © 2014, photo by Stephanie Shanks
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Le Flaneur, 2010, redesigned 2013 Aluminum Walkers And Repurposed Materials 34" W X 87" H X 41" D © Heidi Marie Photography
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Opulent Mobility mailer, 2015 Print 8 1/2" X 11" © The Public Design Hub, CSUN
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The Kali Walker, 2017 Cardboard, Batting, Repurposed Leather, Zippers 72" H X 50" W X 36" D © 2017, photo by Heidi Marie Photography
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The Jazzy Peacock Scooter, 2015 Jazzy Scooter And Repurposed Materials 4' X 3' X 5' Feet © 2015, photo by Heidi Marie Photography
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The Jazzy Peacock Scooter, 2015 Jazzy Scooter And Repurposed Materials 4' X 3' X 5' Feet © 2015
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The Kali Walker, 2017 Cardboard, Batting, Repurposed Leather, Zippers 72" H X 50" W X 36" D © 2017, photo by heidi Marie Photography
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Fairbanks, AK
Birth year
1968
Lives in
Altadena, CA
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
Scripps College, 1989, BFA
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), 1992, MFA
Tags
wheelchair, repurposed sculpture, disability, performance figurative mixed-media, functional art sculpture, sculpture, conceptual, modern, exhibition/performance
A. Laura Brody

"We are all buried treasure."

"My works draw from the history of art: the flowing shapes of Art Nouveau, the embellishments of the Victorians and the line quality of Klimt and Schiele. These sculptures are conceived with a commitment to social justice and are inspired by the spirit of scientific discovery. They are meant to encourage conversation and to inspire radical rethinking of the meanings of disability and adaptive aids. "

Laura Brody sculpts for the human body and its vehicles. Her mobility art (re*made wheelchairs and walkers) were shared by Frances Anderton on NPR and on The Improvised Life. She developed and co-curated Opulent Mobility, a group exhibit dealing with mobility and disability, with Anthony Tusler.

She developed staple draping, a technique that uses scissors, staplers, staples and reused fabrics to create living sculptures and clothing on people and vehicles. She's staple draped her way from LA Derby Doll events to the Summerset Festival in Baraboo, Wisconsin and even as far as Wellington, New Zealand. Her live performance draping event, Presque Prêt a Porter, won the CSPA Sustainability Award at the first Hollywood Fringe Festival.

For an interview about Opulent Mobility on KCRW go to laura-brody-pimps-out-wheelchairs-and-walkers

For the philosophy of staple draping, go to alaurabrody/videos

To see staple draping in action, go to http://vimeo.com/15717235. Many thanks to Don Walker for the video!

And for tutorials on making your own mobility art, go to http://www.instructables.com/member/a.laura.brody/

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