B. 1976 Berkeley, california; based in oakland, california
Laura Plageman’s works oscillate between image and object, photography and sculpture, landscape and still life. Her two-part Response series (2006-2011 and 2012-2014) is a reaction to an original image — a cumulative record of her memory of the time and place and subsequent experiments — sculpted and collaged into a tabletop assemblage and re-photographed. Laura regards the places she photographs as object-like themselves in the way they are experienced (usually through a camera) and recorded, continually changing shape through layers of interpretation, forces of nature, and human impact. These perpetual new renditions are characterized by subtle compositional distortions, hovering between reality and artifice.
Laura received her MFA from California College of the Arts where she has held various academic appointments. Her work has been in exhibited in galleries and institutions across the US, including recent exhibitions at Photo Center Northwest in Seattle and Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.