American, b. 1988
Laurie Barnes grew up in north-central Pennsylvania and New York State, and has lived and worked in the Pittsburgh region since 2010. She has her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a minor in ceramics. In addition to making sculptural, ceramic, and installation-based works of art, Barnes is a visual arts educator with a special interest in object-based teaching and learning. She works with several arts and education institutions in the Pittsburgh region.
What things are made of is often important. Understanding a thing, or set of things, is often about our relationships with forms and materials in the world. Reflecting on the utility and history of materials and forms can often help us understand objects, or the experience created by those objects, better.
I think of the objects and installations I make as questions about the potentials, limitations, and affects of different materials. I rely on my associations and reactions to materials as I group them to guide my creative process. This process is largely visual and tactile, but it becomes metaphorical over time. There is a sort of game or visual poetry about bringing materials together to create forms. This is what I find most interesting about making things.