Laurelin Gilmore Biography
Laurelin Gilmore is best known for her fantasy oil paintings that blend animal or insect attributes with the human form. More recently, her work blends the subject and the environment itself. The artist uses realism to invite the viewer to suspend disbelief, and fantasy elements to expand on themes of feminine power, totem and spirit animals, and both the habitation of the planet and of the body. She says, “I’m interested in the perceived separateness of humans and the natural world from which we can’t actually divorce ourselves, the power and beauty of aloneness, individuality, and the celebration of inherent human power.” In an era when human beings have come to celebrate the potential of the synthetic, the artist reminds us that we are still deeply connected to the organic. Though mostly self-taught, Ms. Gilmore earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Sacramento City College where she studied painting, portraiture and figure study under many celebrated artists including Fred Dalkey and Chris Daubert. She was a studio resident at the now defunct Sacramento Art Complex, and now keeps a working studio at Sacramento’s Verge Center for the Arts. She is one of the founding members of the women’s art collective, Swell Sister Society. Laurelin is also a writer, mixed media artist, and sculptor, using a variety of mediums to create a wide range of platforms for the conversations that interest her.
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