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Mary Laube

Knoxville, Tennessee

Artist Statement

My paintings address both individual and collective forms of memorialization and how the act of representation (painting) is intricately tied to memory making. How does one navigate non-visual memories? How do we know the difference between our memories and fantasies? How do we come to learn about ourselves through the stories of others? When something goes missing, what takes its place? My work is influenced by the confusion between memory and imagination, as it pertains to issues of loss, displacement, and ancestry.

I typically begin by pulling information from the objects that populate my life; from the places I visit daily and those I encounter while traveling. Through instinctual decision-making, the work develops as I look to various external sources such as memorial artifacts and structures, traditional Korean adornment, dollhouses, and museum displays to name a few. Pictorially, the paintings appear flattened yet physically retain a tactile and layered surface. This interaction between image and object reflects a kind of transference between concrete and ethereal worlds, functioning as a metaphor for the porous boundary between memory, imagination, and lived experience. My paintings address memory as a kind of surrogacy where ideology, personal mythology, and collectively built archetypes are folded together to stand in for various absences.

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Mary Laube's Portfolio

Mary Laube, Queen Min's Hair, acrylic on panel, 9
Mary Laube, Knit Yourself a Body, acrylic on panel, 12
Mary Laube, Hanbok, acrylic on panel, 12
Mary Laube, Narrow Gauge, acrylic on panel, 15.25”x12”, 2017-18
Mary Laube, Stuck Like a Mollusk to a Rock, acrylic on panel, 11.75”x12”, 2018
Mary Laube, My Lunar Plexus, acrylic on panel, 12
Mary Laube, Cascade, acrylic on panel, 12”x9.5”, 2018
Mary Laube, Last Skin, acrylic on panel, 12”x9.5”, 2017
Mary Laube, The Wall Opened Noiselessly Before Me, acrylic on panel, 12”x12”, 2018
Mary Laube, In Silence, acrylic on panel, 12

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Artist Biography

Mary Laube was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Her paintings are exhibited nationally with recent shows at the Spring Break Art Show (NYC), Field Projects (NYC), and Coop Gallery (Nashville). Her work has been supported by several artist residencies including the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Stiwdeo Maelor in Wales. She is the co-founder of the Warp Whistle Project, a collaborative duo with composer Paul Schuette. Commissioned by the Network for New Music in Philadelphia, their latest concert work, The Navigator was recently premiered at the Caplan Studio Theater in Philadelphia. Mary Laube is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



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