Laura Thipphawong, Edgeland, Oil on Canvas, 36x60
 
Laura Thipphawong, Portrait of the artist

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Laura Thipphawong is an emerging Toronto-based artist, writer, and historian, and has exhibited art and presented her research throughout several prestigious galleries and international academic forums. As a self-taught oil painter since the age of twelve, Laura made her way from small-town Northern Ontario to Toronto in order to pursue a career in the arts. She is now a graduate and Medal winner from OCAD University with a degree in Visual and Critical Studies, and of the University of Toronto with a Master's in Art History. Her studio practice is representative of her research on the complex symbolism of the psyche in response to various social factors, with focus on sexuality, horror, folklore, and science.

 

Through the exploration of psychological elements within folkloric narratives and archetypes I seek to discover meaning in the complex and ambiguous relationship between the self and the Other. The academic observation and reinterpretation of these relationships means having to reconcile oppositional materials in my research, and then evoking the feelings of unsettlement and inner conflict in my art. 

 

While we are comfortable to separate our personal reality from that which threatens us, no one is a spectator of humanity, and no one is absolved of it. I believe that personal evolution and emotional unrest are the truest aspects of humanity, however terrifying and ecstatic, and that the obscurity of the psyche remains the most fascinating subject. For this reason, along with a morbid curiosity for the esoteric, I am intent on investigating the liminal space that exists between the (false) dichotomies good and evil, predator and prey, and beauty and the grotesque.

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