Laura Rhodebeck Joseph
Visual Arts (Painting, 2D Mixed Media), Literature (Storyteller)
I use materials at hand, whether they be sewing patterns, fabrics, trims, sticks, stones, nails, seed pods, rusty tools, scraps of canvas, bones, old jewelry, typography, magazines, dog collars, or vegetable seeds, because I firmly believe (having spent a good part of my childhood on a farm) that nothing should go to waste. I am a naturalist at heart and believe our true wealth lies in the land we plant our feet on, and that every inanimate thing has an essence that can be interpreted. As an artist I am excited to provide that venue by using found and discarded objects in my work. Pastels and acrylic paints are my most go-to mediums, but I also work in watercolor, encaustic, and collage. Color, composition, and pattern are the core of my visual imagery.
McConnell Arts Center, Summer 2013