Artist: Laura Le Pere
Size: 6.5" x 8.5" (8 x 10" framed)
Medium: Polymer Clay & Mixed-media Mosaic
I create for the joy of it. But there’s a bit more to it than that…
Trained as an anthropologist/archaeologist and a geologist—and being a birder and a compulsive traveler—I am fascinated by the diversity of both human cultures and the natural world. I am also very concerned about the future of both.
In the pieces I’ve selected for this show, along with simple joy, I want to convey my appreciation of the natural world. My hope is that my work will ignite curiosity; that you will think about things that are not familiar to you or see something new in things that are familiar.
For example, the Giant Hawkfish—at home in the Sea of Cortez—is called Mero Chino (Chinese Grouper) in Spanish because its patterns are reminiscent of Chinese characters. And please look closely at the myriad of colors the ever-vigilant male Anna’s hummingbird displays. Then, back to joy… I hope the Luna Moth flying where no moth has gone before will just make you smile.
My mixed media work often includes polymer clay: the modeling equivalent to acrylic paint. It captured my imagination many years ago because of the wide range and richness of color, the multitude of textural possibilities, and the way it accepts a variety of surface treatments.
Often considered just a child’s plaything, the clay’s use by accomplished artists has been growing over the years. With a desire to elevate my work to that higher level, I have been studying a range of traditional art media and now enjoy them in combination with the clay as well as on their own.