“My work interrogates identity and familial interaction through two and three-dimensional print portraiture built upon traditional processes. Printed portraits and paper sculptures connect me more deeply to those closest to me. Using traditional techniques allows me to give contemporary voice to these processes while connecting me to an international communities of practitioners.
Material and medium exploration is crucial in bringing my ideas to fruition. As a printmaker, I have a keen sense of the historical import of this medium and want to push its evolution in contemporary art. I have come to view printmaking as more than a medium but a way of thinking through an image or idea. The original idea is mediated through building a matrix that informs the outcome.The matrix itself provides a framework to think through ideas; breaking them apart and creatively reconstituting them. My matrices have expanded to include woodblocks, engraved plates, paper molds and life casts.”
Laura Post is a Lecturer at Indiana University, Bloomington. She earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking and a BA from Swarthmore College. Post has organized and participated in conferences at Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and other institutions. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including at PaperWest: National Juried Biennial at University of Utah, The Art of Paper: 7th Annual Juried Exhibition at the A.D. Gallery of University of North Carolina, Pembroke, New Prints – Winter 2016 at the International Print Center New York, and Go Figure, Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina University, Newport. During the summer of 2015, she apprenticed at Rongbaozhai in Beijing to learn traditional Chinese woodblock printing (muban shuiyin), as well as traditional papermaking at Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan. She has received grants to support continued research activity into traditional woodblock printing and papermaking, including a Indiana University Overseas Study Program Development Grant and a School of Art, Architecture + Design Travel Fund for research. The Graduate Studies Grant supported the project Paper Genome Project, seeking to use alternative fibers and water sources for papermaking.