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Laura Splan

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Host, 2014 SCULPTURES: Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood / DRAWINGS: Graphite, Blood Installation Dimensions Variable © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (detail), 2014 Hand-built Porcelain Ceramics, 3D Printed Plastic, Blood © 2014
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Host (installation view of works on paper), 2014 Graphite, Blood 22"H X 22"W Each Drawing © 2014
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Host (detail of drawing), 2014 Graphite, Blood 22"H X 22"D Each Drawing © 2014
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Wallpaper / Negligee (Slipping Into the Skin of Another) , 2007 / 2008 Hand Block-printed Wallpaper With Blood / Machine Embroidery With Thread on Cosmetic Facial Peel, Dress Form 86H X 96W Inches / 64H X 16W X 16D Inches © 2007 / 2008
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Negligee (Slipping Into the Skin of Another) - detail, 2007 Machine Embroidery With Thread on Cosmetic Facial Peel, Dress Form 64H X 16W X 16D Inches © 2007
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Gloves, 2009 Cosmetic Facial Peel, Mixed Media 1H X 12L X 3.5W (each Glove) © 2009
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Gloves (detail), 2009 Cosmetic Facial Peel, Mixed Media 1H X 12L X 3.5W (each Glove) © 2009
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Purse, 2009 Cosmetic Facial Peel, Mixed Media 14H X 6W X 3D Inches © 2009
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Handkerchief (Anatomy of Tears) , 2009 Computerized Machine Embroidery on Cosmetic Facial Peel 8.5H X 8.5D Inches © 2009
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Handkerchief (Anatomy of Tears) - detail, 2009 Computerized Machine Embroidery on Cosmetic Facial Peel 8.5H X 8.5D Inches © 2009
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Doilies (SARS), 2004 Freestanding Computerized Machine Embroidered Lace Mounted on Velvet 16.75H X 16.75W Inches Each (framed Dimensions) © 2004
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Doilies (HIV), 2004 Freestanding Computerized Machine Embroidered Lace Mounted on Velvet 16.75H X 16.75W Inches Each (framed Dimensions) © 2004
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Doilies (Herpes), 2004 Freestanding Computerized Machine Embroidered Lace Mounted on Velvet 16.75H X 16.75W Inches Each (framed Dimensions) © 2004
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Blood Scarf , 2002 Chromogenic Prints Mounted on Aluminum 24H X 20W Inches Each © 2002
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Upside Down, Inside Out, 2000 Test Tube Racks, Silicon Rubber, Plastic, Stainless Steel Approx. 7H X 12W X 6D Inches Each © 2000
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Upside Down, Inside Out (detail), 2000 Test Tube Racks, Silicon Rubber, Plastic, Stainless Steel Approx. 7H X 12W X 6D Inches Each © 2000
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Upside Down, Inside Out (detail), 2000 Test Tube Racks, Silicon Rubber, Plastic, Stainless Steel Approx. 7H X 12W X 6D Inches Each © 2000
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Upside Down, Inside Out (detail), 2000 Test Tube Racks, Silicon Rubber, Plastic, Stainless Steel Approx. 7H X 12W X 6D Inches Each © 2000
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Memphis, TN
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Works in
Brooklyn, NY
Schools
Mills College, MFA
Tags
science, Medicine, biology, craft in contemporary art, new media, blood, feminist art, sculpture, mixed-media, video-art, conceptual, photography, digital
Statement

Laura Splan is a Brooklyn, NY based visual artist. Her conceptually driven work employs a variety of media including sculpture, video, photography, digital media and works on paper. Her objects and images interrogate the visual and textual manifestations of our cultural ambivalence towards the human body. She often uses found objects and appropriated sources to explore socially constructed perceptions of beauty and horror, order and disorder. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes including blood, cosmetic facial peel and computerized embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in a broad range of curatorial contexts including craft, feminism, technology, design, medicine and ritual.

Splan's work as been exhibited widely at such venues as the Museum of Art & Design (New York, NY), the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago, IL), the New York Hall of Science (New York, NY), and the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR). In 2011, she had a solo exhibition at the Nicolaysen Art Museum (Casper, WY). Commissioned projects for her work have included a series of graphite and soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control and a series of computerized machine lace doilies for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition. In 2007, she received a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant to research the history of medical instrumentation and anatomical representation at venues including the Wellcome Museum (London, UK) and La Specola (Florence, IT). She received an Artist's Grant for her 2012 residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has been a visiting lecturer on topics of Digital Art, as well as intersections of Art & Biology at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), Mills College (Oakland, CA) and Observatory (Brooklyn, NY).

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