Monday, 11 November 2013

Laurel Roth

I use art to examine biological ramifications of human behavior and humankind’s drive to modify itself as well as its environment. By playing with the convergence of biology and design to create new cultural artifacts, I try to question social constructions of need, design, and individual desire.

In the last 10 years since quitting my job as a park ranger to focus solely on art, my work has shown in India, London, New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Belgium, the Netherlands, and San Francisco, where I have a studio in the Compound 21 collective. I am currently represented by Schroeder Romero Gallery in New York, Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, and Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago.

Together Laurel Roth and Andy Diaz Hope represent an ideal of artistic collaboration.  They not only make artwork together, they co-create two artists’ live/work cooperatives (one in San Francisco and one in Sonoma County), raise farm animals, and are life partners.  Seeing the work they make, collaboratively and separately, brings a glint of amazement to the eye.  Whether a fantastical sculpture or a beautifully placed column of redwood salvaged from their forest property, they have amazing vision and an even more amazing combined work ethic.


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