Studying BA Art and Psychology, they found both subjects complemented one another well and combined their love for art and drawing with their interests in psychology.
Combining their interests
Finding their style at Reading
"I feel I matured during my time in England, which has helped define who I am as an adult. My childhood was very American, but I identify more with the style of art from England, where I grew up and came into my own."
Whilst at Reading, Laura began to define their own style of art. Laura's work focused on the narrative of the human body and bodily structure, how western ideas and the western canon have influenced what the body looks like. Deriving from methodology, pornography and medical textbooks, Laura explored what it means to have and be in a body.
"I feel my art elaborates my interests in human psychology and I have enjoyed making artwork that makes people think differently, or that can challenge their own ideas somewhat."
Degree show piece: "Sorry, but we don't carry transcendence"
This nexus combined narratives of transcendence (art as a 'good' in and of itself) with practical concerns and material desires (selling T-shirt reproductions and prints to pay the rent).
Gaining practical exposure
This included work titled, 'Constantly Terrified' – an extended installation that combined Laura's primary art form of drawing with animation.
"Each year the MAO choose three students to set up residency over the summer and my work was chosen to represent Reading School of Art.
The MAO gave me a great opportunity to work alongside other aspiring, ambitious artists who displayed really different, inventive works of their own – a great moment, really affirming."
Visits from practising artists
"Visits from practising artists allowed me to see my voice as a part of a contemporary art dialogue and challenge the opinions of practitioners. I felt far more empowered than I had before. Those that stood out to me were the Kelly Campbell curation workshop and a visit from artist and performer Liv Wynter – a personal idol of mine."