Exhibition at The Arts Center in Orange, VA

Many thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to The Arts Center in Orange for the exhibition of My Suburban Life: A Year in Collage. It was so gratifying to see all fifty-two collages hanging together in this lovely space. The Arts Center has been wonderful to work with and I am very grateful for the support of Laura Thompson, the Gallery Director, who invited me to exhibit here. The show was curated by my dear friends and mentors, Pam Black and Theo van Groll, from the UVa School of Architecture. Their vision for the exhibition installation was in perfect keeping with the spirit of the project: a slow linear unfolding over time, with gentle sight-line shifts that reflect the changing of seasons or the delineations that arose naturally through color and theme. The panels were not hung flush to the wall like traditional paintings. Instead, they were set out from the wall to emphasize the tactile, three-dimensional nature of the collages.

Orange Show 1

Orange Show 2

Orange Show 3

It was important to me to include some text in this exhibition and share the stories behind each collage. The practice of writing each week became such a large part of the project and its process, so I was determined to present the text in way that would highlight the relationship between words and pictures. I experimented with different ways to present the text without interrupting the visual flow of the images on the wall. I decided to create small 5 x 7 cards for each collage. A text excerpt from the accompanying essay for each collage was printed on one side, and a small detail image from the collage was printed on the other. The cards were separated into six groups that corresponded to the linear groupings of the collages on the wall, and were bound with a simple ring in the corner. Gallery visitors were welcomed to read through the cards at their leisure, or carry them around the gallery to read as they viewed the works. I also included an introductory wall-mounted text describing the goals of the project at its inception, and a quote that captured the spirit of My Suburban Life.

Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Here are some more photos of the Opening Reception on April 4th. Many thanks to John Strader for documenting the event and generously sharing his photos!

Photo by John Strader

The artist points to a collage that depicts her family on an autumn hike.  Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

The artist and her son.  Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Opening Reception at the Arts Center in Orange.  Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Photo by John Strader

Exhibition News!

Many thanks to The Arts Center in Orange for inviting me to exhibit my yearlong collage project, My Suburban Life. The exhibition will include all 52 collages plus selected text from the accompanying essays that reveal my process, inquiry, and inspiration.

art in the burbs postcard cover

My Suburban Life: A Year in Collage by Laura Edwards Wooten

Curated by Pam Black & Theo van Groll
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4 from 5-7pm
Exhibit Dates: April 4 – 30, 2013
In the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center In Orange
129 East Main Street, Orange, VA, Hours: 10-5, Mon-Sat
www.artscenterinorange.com

Cover work: The Snowy Walk (Detail), 2012, mixed media collage, 12 x 12 inches

Laura Wooten presents her yearlong project of creating a collage every week for the year of 2012. As an artist living in the Virginia suburbs, Wooten seeks to both confront and integrate her multiple identities of artist, wife, mother, and suburbanite. Breaking from her previous body of work, depicting imaginary landscapes, Wooten finds inspiration in the details of her everyday life. Juggling a busy schedule of art, work and family, the steady practice of making small drawings becomes the foundation for the collages. A commitment to weekly creativity brings a new momentum and spirit of discovery to her work, resulting in a heightened sense of curiosity, gratitude, and the ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. This project explores what is achievable in tiny increments over time, by committing to small consistent actions and an attitude of openness to what is here now in the present.