Born in Bangkok, Thailand in
1983, Laura Wagner spent her early life in Katmandu, Nepal, and Dhaka,
Bangladesh. As a young global traveler, she developed the sensitivity
and flexibility that comes from exploring and living in other cultures.
In 1989 she returned with her parents to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she
lived for twelve years. Despite many international adventures, Laura still
considers herself a Midwesterner at heart.
In the fall of 2001, Laura matriculated at Brown University where she
took classes in psychology, biology, art history, drawing, photography,
and museum studies. By 2003 she finally settled on a major in visual arts
with a focus on printmaking. In addition to her classes Laura also taught
art in an after-school program, worked as a Women Peer Counselor in a
freshman dorm and helped organize the Brown Students for Choice escorting
program. She was an intern in the contemporary art department of the RISD
Museum, and in 2003 joined the Kappa chapter of St. Anthony Hall, a co-ed
literary fraternity. There she met and became part of a network of amazing
writers and artists.
In 2004 Laura spent four months studying in Florence, Italy. While there
she learned printmaking techniques, embracing processes from woodcut to
intaglio. Upon her return to Providence, Laura produced a large unbound
book of prints and poems titled Bhirsinu Hundaina. Inspired by
early stories of her life in Katmandu, Hundaina is a recounting
of the tales of her childhood. Motifs of disease, support, protection
and restriction permeate the work, which explores the process of story
telling as a way of integrating personal history, fantasy, and truth.
After graduating from Brown University Laura moved to Brooklyn and worked
as an intern in several New York arts organizations. She combined a studio
internship with Judith Solodkin at Solo Impression and occasional assignments
with Bill Hall at Pace Prints with data archive work for the International
Print Center New York. Laura moved to Philadelphia in September 2005 to
work for the Bridgette Mayer Gallery as Ms. Mayer’s first gallery
assistant. Soon after relocating to Philadelphia, she began taking classes
in lithography and using the studio at the Fleisher Art Memorial.
Always interested in the unique experiences of women in our ever-changing
society, Laura explored the disconnect between traditional stereotypes
and contemporary motives in a series of screen-prints entitled Cannibal
Debutantes. Inspired by a collection of 1950s cookbooks and working with
Roman Hasiuk at Space 1026 studio in Philadelphia, she produced the series
over a period of months in 2006 with help of a grant from the St. Anthony
Hall Educational Foundation. In addition to the Cannibal Debutantes, Laura
created a series of small woodcut print/mixed media pieces entitled Barcode
In the fall of 2006, Laura left the Bridgette Mayer Gallery to work for
the University of Pennsylvania Law School Development Office. She is currently
working on a series of lithographs, which investigate the connective and
divisionary aspects of fashion and dressmaking in generations of women.
She plans soon to apply to graduate school.