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Laura Klopfenstein

"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful"

—Alice Walker

The quirky and the overlooked, the dark and organic along with the seedy side of both the natural and consumer worlds all inhabit the spun environs of Austin based artist Laura Klopfenstein. Working in paint, fragile drawings and bits of found detrius sometimes combined with magazine clippings, she crafts meticulous and curious tales. Her work is something to behold, and always something to explore and ponder.

Responding to greed, cruelty and ignorance in my life and the world at large with humor and grace, and also trying to find a visual language that tells a story without being preachy. A language that is also soothing, inclusive and sometimes ebullient. Probably the biggest influence was kicking Imposter Syndrome to the curb and trusting my own instincts.

Where do you dream of going? 

Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, Africa, France, New Zealand, - I am excited to go almost anywhere!

What artists influenced your work? 

Wangechi Mutu, Calida Garcia Rawles, Marcel Dzama, Eva Hesse, Kathe Kollwitz, Kara Walker, Janiva Ellis, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Natalie Frank, Lina Puerta, Fabián Cháirez ,Bisa Butler

Name three things on your bucket list.

Traveling with my kids in the US and abroad - driving the entire west coast, showing them big mountains for the first time, exploring more national parks, and being with them as they learn about people, culture, history, nature. Being a full-time artist. A collaboration on something big, tender and awe-inspiring.

What was one of the best experiences of your life?

Besides the birth of my children and countless small, beautiful moments, I would say travel In Mexico's Copper Canyon - riding on the flat bed of the Chepe train at sunset, being lapped 20 times by Tarahumara Indians as I huffed and puffed up a canyon, sitting under a waterfall at bottom of a canyon, seeing poinsettias growing in the wild not in a pot, and celebrating a wild and glorious New Years in a zocalo with close friends and the people of Urique.

I grew up landlocked so another big one was running into the ocean in Zihuatanjo for the first time on my 21st birthday fully clothed. The ocean never ceases to amaze me.

Biography

I am a mixed media artist and mother of two children. My art is a celebration of beauty and a reminder that we are a species with the gift of forethought. Imagery is rooted in the natural world and summoned from my imagination, Works are informed by stewardship, activism, playfulness, and awe. I love to laugh and make things. Most days, I have a twinkle in my eyes.

Laura Klopfenstein lives and works in Austin, Texas