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Laura Widmer

Laura Widmer

March 24-June 8, 2015
McGill Library

Laura Widmer is an award winning Canadian printmaker based in Kelowna, British Columbia. Her work first came to our attention in 2010 when she received first prize for her entry in that year’s Open Studio National Printmaking Awards, Canada’s most prestigious award dedicated to printmaking. The winning work, entitled One of the Daves I Know, is included in this exhibit.

This past year, another work included here (pictured above), Pearls, was shortlisted for the same prize and received Honourable Mention. In 2013, Laura had a solo exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery and last year she completed a residency at Banff. Her work has been shown across Canada and internationally.

“My work is a quiet act of defiance in a digital age. I wish to draw attention to the tactile, sensual subtleties of our world at a time when the word “touch” frequently references a finger-swipe across a flat, rectangular screen. I use a deliberately physical process and emphasize the handmade mark in creating works that explore subtleties of expression; I hope that the lines, textures, and accumulation of marks in my work suggest a process, a history, and a sense of presence that will invite the viewer to pause, if even momentarily.” - Laura Widmer.

Additional work by Laura can be viewed in our display case at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.