Laura Moriarty makes process-driven works with pigmented beeswax whose forms, colors, textures and patterns result from processes similar to those that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling, erosion, subduction, friction, enfolding, weathering, slippage.
Born in Beacon, New York, she received training through an apprenticeship in hand paper-making, and is otherwise self-taught.
Laura's work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include "Moving Mountains" at Oklahoma State University's Gardiner Gallery, "Intimate Monuments" at OK Harris Works of Art in New York City, and "Scratched Record" at the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College. Recent group exhibitions include "Spectrum" at the Thomas Cole National Historical Site in Catskill, New York; "GeoMagic: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection" at New Mexico State University, Los Cruces; "Empire of Dirt" at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University; "Translating Earth, Transforming Sea" at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and "Field Notes: Revisions" at the Jyväskylä Art Museum in Finland.
Laura's work is held in the permanent collections of Coutts Bank, London; Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY; The Art Bank, a program of the US Department of State; The Baer Art Collection, Reykjavik, Iceland; The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College; The New York Public Library; the Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, Ohio; The Royal Museum of Art, Antwerp, Belgium; and The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University, among others.
Laura’s honors include an Invididual Support Grant from the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation (2016), a residency at the Baer Art Center in North Iceland (2016), a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (2015), two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (2007, 1997), a Frans Masereel Center Residency, Belgium (2004, 2000), and Ucross Foundation Residency (1996).