Laura L Prieto-Velasco
Instructor, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Deigned Objects (2010). BFA, 2003, Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; MFA, 2009, San Diego State University. Exhibitions: Slow, Chicago; Jackson Gallery, San Diego; Mesa Contemporary Arts, Arizona; Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portand; Metal Museum, Memphis; Emerson Gallery, St. Louis; Sana Art Foundation, Escondido, CA. Publications: Chicago Reader; Lark Books; The Space Between: Ritual Transformations, catalog. Collections: Museum of Contemporary Craft; Touching Warms the Art Collection. Awards: Mesa Contemporary Arts Purchase Award, Mesa; San Diego Art Council Award; San Diego Gem & Mineral Society Award.
Social constructions define our capacity to organize our material world from desirable to horrific, but I believe in the artist's ability to elevate their meaning and purpose through re-contextualization. "One man's trash is another man's treasure" explains the universal contradiction of value and has particular resonance in my material choices for creating jewelry.
My design methodology revolves around the act of the painting process; concealing and revealing a combination of found and constructed materials until they coalesce in a comfortable chaos. I am motivated to create work that is uncanny at its core, something that relies on the response of repulsion to reveal a complex beauty.
I am interested in the subtlety of context; how the simple act of wearing transforms "wasted" to "wanted.". The perceived notion of preciousness allows entry into jewelry's sacred cycle, granting these objects a meaningful yet transient place in our lives. This body of work is an exploration of this phenomenon, a kind of living organism that thrives on change.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.