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Laurel Roth

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20130814220311-flight_dodo
Flight of the Dodo, 2013 Walnut, Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf 40 X 40
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Hominid: Mountain Gorilla, 2011 Walnut, Swarovski Crystal 13" Deep, 9" Tall, 8" Wide
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Reliquary: Gorilla Hand I , 2013 Walnut and Quartz Geode 4 X 11 X 7 Inches
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Hominid: Mountain Gorilla II, 2012 Spalted Maple, Swarovski Crystal, Imitation Agate (polyvinyl-chloride Clay) 14lx 8W X 8.5H Inches
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Reliquary: Gorilla Hand II, 2013 Vera Wood and Quartz Geode 4.5 X 11 X 7 Inches
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Biodiversity Suits for Urban Pigeons: Paradise Parrot, 2012 Crocheted Yarn, Hand Carved Pigeon Mannequin, Walnut Stand 10 X 7 X 12
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Biodiversity Reclamation Suits for Urban Pigeons: Carolina Parakeet, 2009 Crocheted Yarn, Hand Carved Pigeon Mannequin, Walnut Stand 8 X 9 X 13 Inches
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Biodiversity Suits for Urban Pigeons: Passenger Pigeon, 2008 Crocheted Yarn, Hand Carved Pigeon Mannequin, Walnut Stand 8 X 9 X 17 Inches
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Regalia, 2011 Mixed Media Including Fake Fingernails, Nail Polish, Barrettes, False Eyelashes, Jewelry, Walnut, Swarovski Crystal 40" Wide, 22" Deep, 63" Tall
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Ripley's Birds of Paradise, 2010 Mixed Media Including Fake Fingernails, Nail Polish, Barrettes, False Eyelashes, Jewelry, Walnut, Swarovski Crystal 65" High, 40" Wide, and 20" Deep
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Beholder, 2010 Mixed Media Including Fake Fingernails, Nail Polish, Barrettes, False Eyelashes, Jewelry, Walnut, Swarovski Crystal 24 X 36 X 59"
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Plumage, 2010 Mixed Media Including Fake Fingernails, Nail Polish, Barrettes, False Eyelashes, Jewelry, Walnut, Swarovski Crystal 61" Tall, 37" Wide, and 22" Deep
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Birds of Paradise, 2009 Mixed Media Including Fake Fingernails, Nail Polish, Barrettes, False Eyelashes, Jewelry, Walnut, Swarovski Crystal 50" Diameter by 50" Tall
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Queen and La Reina, 2013 Mixed Media Including Fake Fingernails, Nail Polish, Barrettes, False Eyelashes, Jewelry, Walnut, Swarovski Crystal 58 X 37 X 18 In. and 52 X 30 X 24 In.
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Allegory of the Monoceros, 2008 Woven Tapestry 108 X 75 Inches
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Allegory of the Infinite Mortal, 2010 Woven Jacquard Tapestry 106 X 76
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Allegory of the Prisoner's Dilemma, 2012 Woven Jacquard Tapestry 106 X 76
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Reflection Engine, 2011 Walnut, Mirror, Brass, Candle-bulbs, Gold and Silver Leaf
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Space Station, 2008 Custom Chromed Chandelier, Hypodermic Needles, Gel Capsules, Swarovski Crystals 54 X 54 X 78 Inches
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Food #5: Pig, 2009 Walnut, Gold Leaf, Swarovski Crystal 11 X 6 X 7.5
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Food #6: Pistols, 2009 Walnut, Gold Leaf, Swarovski Crystal, Bronze in Velvet and Walnut Case 20 X 15 X 3.75 Inches Including Case
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Food #7: Cow, 2009 Walnut, Gold Leaf, Swarovski Crystal
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Man's Best Friend, Great Dane, 2008 Walnut, Gold Leaf, Swarovski Crystal 9 X 7 X 6 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Frey Norris Gallery
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Lap of Luxury, Persian Cat, 2007 Hand Carved and Polished Industrial Waste Plastic
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Man's Best Friend, English Bull Dog, 2007 Hand Carved and Polished Acrylic
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Man's Best Friend, French Bull Dog, 2008 Hand Carved and Polished Acrylic 4 X 4 X 6
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Lap of Luxury, Persian Cat (II), 2008 Hand Carved and Polished Acrylic on a Walnut and Swarovski Crystal Base
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris
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Flight of the Dodo, 2013 Walnut, Gold Leaf, and Silver Leaf 40 in Diameter (102 Cm Diameter) © Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
California
Representing galleries
Schroeder Romero Gallery, Packer-Schopf Gallery, Gallery Wendi Norris
Tags
figurative, sculpture, installation, conceptual, realism, surrealism, traditional
Statement

Laurel Roth is a self-taught sculptor who lives and works in Northern California. Before becoming an artist she worked as a park ranger and in natural resource conservation. These professional experiences have influenced her current work, which centers on the human manipulation of and intervention into the natural world, and the choices we must make everyday between our individual desires and the well being of the world at large. Through traditional techniques of carving, embroidery, crochet and collage, Roth transforms ordinary materials into fantastical creatures and surprising, often humorous, assemblages. Examining topics ranging from biodiversity and industrial agriculture to the pharmaceutical industry, fertility culture and domestic animal breeding, her work hovers between protection and neglect, beauty and decay, possibility and limitation.

Roth has shown widely both in the United States and abroad, including shows at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the 21C Museum, the Zabludowics Collection, the Progressive Collection, the Ripley’s Museum of Hollywood and the Museum of Art and Design in New York. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, Schroeder Romero Gallery in New York City and Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago.