Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Studio Program, 1985
Laura Lynch is an internationally recognized environmental artist currently working in Santa Barbara, California with found objects gathered along the ocean beaches incorporating mixed media and computer generated images. Lynch's multi-media assemblages and installations address issues of environmental concern from nuclear waste and nuclear weapons production to toxic spills and the threat to our world's oceans and marine habitat. Lynch received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and completed a yearlong study with New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a participant in the three-year travelling international exhibition, “Toxic Landscapes: U.S. Artists Examine the Environment,” which opened at Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham College Gallery in Pittsburgh PA, in October 2001, as part of the United Nations Women’s Environment & Development Organization planning conference: “Women Assess the State of the Environment (WASTE),” designing an agenda of women’s environmental issues and concerns for the international UN Earth Summit 2002, in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Toxic Landscapes” was also featured at Bibliotéca Nacional José Martí, Main Gallery, Havana, Cuba, in collaboration with Cuban artists during June and July of 2002. “Toxic Landscapes” closed with an exhibition in the U.S. on the east coast in July of 2004 at Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts and Sciences with a special focus on their coastal wetlands project. In June 2005, as part of the United Nation’s selection of San Francisco as the world site for World Environment Day, Lynch participated in a northern California group exhibition, “California Current: State of the Ocean,” a confluence of art and the ocean from British Columbia to Baja addressing environmental concerns in an effort to stimulate awareness of the fragile California coastline. In 2006, Lynch created a site-specific installation of found objects she gathered over a year of sponsored boat trips to the Channel Islands by the Ventura Museum of History & Art and the National Park Service for “Island Passages: Artists Celebrate The Channel Islands,” a group exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Channel Islands marine sanctuary at the Ventura County Museum of History and Art, Ventura, California. Laura Lynch’s “Pacific Series” was exhibited in two one-person shows, “Rising Tides & Warning Signs: Pacific Series 2006,” traveling to the northern California coast of Point Reyes at Gallery Route One in their Environmental Project Space Gallery: “With the Earth,” March 31 thru May 7, 2006, and then to the Monterey coast, October 1- November 3, 2006, at Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery.
Laura Lynch published "Pacific Series 1996-2008: Environmental Assemblages," a book of 70 full-color images illustrating her body of work addressing the state of the ocean and threat to our global environment. The entire book can be viewed in full here: http://www.blurb.com/books/439458-pacific-series-environmental-assemblages
Lynch was invited by ART from the Ashes to create a 10ft installation "Gane House Votive" from fire debris for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden who lost 2/3 of their garden burned in the May 2009 by the Jesusita fire. Artists were asked to salvage burned items from the fire and create works of art to benefit the Botanic Garden for their "Art in the Garden Exhibition" October 10, 2009. Details and review by Steve Chawkins of the Los Angles Times can be seen here: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-49676985/
Lynch and five other international artists were invited to write articles about their work for WEAD (Women Environmental Artist Directory) Online Magazine's innaugural Atomic Legacy Art issue #5, August 2012. Lynch's contribution, "THE ART OF PROTEST: A NEW REINTEGRATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS" charts a history of the nuclear industry over seven decades and its negative environmental impact. In her ART OF PROTEST she calls on humans to regain "consciousness" to face the real costs of nuclear power. Link is here: https://directory.weadartists.org/the-art-of-protest
Lynch's story and work is also posted on the International Museum of Women's website "Exhibiting You"
By Laura Lynch
Known for her environmental stewardship and fine art background, Laura Lynch’s multi-media constructions, Pacific Series 1996-2008: Environmental Assemblages, are brought together for the first time in this beautifully designed book of more than 70 full-color images illustrating the artist’s powerfully composed body of work that addresses her passion for the state of the ocean and threat to our global environment. Combining washed-up marine salvage and found objects – organic and nonorganic such as sand, tar, and feathers – scavenged along the ocean beaches, Lynch also culls from her stash of extraordinary images creating digital photomontages that are transferred onto colorful beached shipboards, often times with a sense of humor and ironic playfulness. Lynch also paints directly onto her found shipboards collaging images and juxtaposing colors, shapes & textures for the eye to play on. These environmental assemblages are not only painterly but substantive in their historical context and present day imagery, transforming the whole into something greater.
68 pages, 75 color illustrations, Hardcover with Dust Jacket, premium paper. Large Format Landscape, 11x13 in. $94.95
Website for viewing & ordering the book: click on the image of the book above. Here is a recent book review:
Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2009: Raising Plants, and hopefully cash in Santa Barbara:
Santa Barbara Independent, March 2010: Lost, Found, Assembled: