I find beauty in decaying and worn surfaces. Collage is the best medium to express this fascination I have. I choose to work from source material and do not use a copy machine or a computer in my work. With watercolor paper and a pencil, I put down an outline and then fill it with cut or torn pieces of aution catalogs, grade school primers, old medical textbooks, and maps. Sometimes the picture comes together right away like a completed puzzle. More often though, I put several layers down, scraping here and there until it looks right. I like to have a lot of materials around me, and then I make connections and figure out what I want to combine. I use scissors, a razor, anad glue to paste and attach and scrap away. The collage feels finished when I have created a true pattern with the proper balance of light.
Artist Bio / CV
Laura J. Stein was born in 1955 in New York City. She received a BFA from Cornell University with additional studies at the Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union, and the Art Student's League. Her work has been exhibited at the Small Works Show at 80 Washington Square E. Gallery, NYC; the Westbeth Painters Space, NYC; the Condesco-Lawler Gallery, NYC; the Jacob Fanning Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma, and most recently at the Next Gallery, NYC. She currently lives and works in New York City.