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Laura Sharp Wilson: Full Steam Ahead

For Laura Sharp Wilson, art is a personal expression representing the challenges and intricacies of life. A retrospective of her painting, drawing and sculpture addressing universal existential themes is currently featured at House Gallery. These are an “attempt to layer, obscure and cross out, while still coming to a clear visual answer, the complexity about being in this chaotic, contradictory world,” Wilson says.

Wilson was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and there is an essence of her ethnic heritage detectable in her art. Many of her paintings have an earthy look of artisan craftsmanship, with motifs of painted fabrics and fibers. Yet Wilson’s painting is a conceptual fabric woven together with a web of organic-like forms. The paintings not only resonate universal themes of experience and living, but assume a life of their own that can be explored.

This retrospective of Wilson’s work is a body of thoughtful art that represents an artist processing her ideas about the existential challenges of life through form—and she does so with a personal touch and an authentic sense of humanity. (Ehren Clark)

Laura Sharp Wilson: Full Steam Ahead @ House Gallery, 29 E. 400 South, 801-322-1027, through March 31, free.

Date: Mar 27, 2012
Phone: 801-910-1736
Address: 29 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: House Gallery