Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
Laura Travis Carving
As an artist, Laura walks between the worlds of fine and folk art, utilizing
traditional iconography in some very contemporary contexts. The inspiration
for her work comes from the Celtic traditions in music, dance and the
visual arts which she has studied extensively for more than twenty years.
She works primarily in limestone, soapstone, and slate. She has shown
her work in Providence, Maryland, Toronto, Worcester and New Bedford.
She is an art teacher at Hope Arts High School (awarded Rhode Island Teacher
of the Year 2007 at High School Level) holds an MFA in sculpture from
the Maryland Institute College of Art, and lives a stone's throw from
the ocean in Rhode Island.
Lake Huron limestone beach stones, mild steel, water, found materials
Cairns and stones in general often function as boundary markers;
pilings of stones secure sacred space and commemorate events, people,
and dramatic transitions, including that between here and the otherworld.
Stones reserve place for particular use and injunctions or taboos
against moving them are common. The number nine signifies transition
in many cultures.
Given time, I could have made a hundred pieces on the theme of Grave
Goods. I’m continuing this structuring idea of the transition
between worlds into more work for an upcoming exhibition in Providence,
RI, April 2009.