Prayer Pieces & Toaster Ovens
The Machine Shop is proud to present Prayer Pieces & Toaster Ovens, an art opening featuring new work by Laura BenAmots. Largely driven by the codependent tensions between strength and vulnerability, belonging and isolation, Laura’s paintings, drawings and installation projects make it possible for her to approach the varied dimensions of human frailty.
Prayer Pieces & Toaster Ovens showcases work produced during Laura’s 3-month Machine Shop Studio Residency. The works explore industry, oil, water, bones and “sacred objects”. Inspired by a pilgrimage to Standing Rock last year, she continues to honor and discuss tensions between sustaining natural resources and industrial forces.
A percentage of proceeds from sold artwork will be donated to the Natural Defense Resource Council nrdc.org
Career highlights include being featured artist in the online publication Collateral in 2017 and selection for The Woven Tale Press Summer 2016, selection for the International Contemporary Artist Exhibition 2014 in Assisi IT and 2012 recognition as Visual Artist of the Year for the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado.
Currently a full professor at PPCC’s Art Department BenAmots is a passionate advocate for emerging artists and is a champion of Art as a vehicle social change and justice. New York born painter, Laura BenAmots, spent her formative years abroad. She studied painting at the historic Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, earned her BFA from the Tyler College of Art & Design and an MFA from the Philadelphia University of the Arts.
The numerous publications featuring her art include two books. BATTLE PORTRAITS Wounded Lions Wounded Lambs – proceeds donated to art therapy for service-members (battleportraits.com); Eros On Canvas: the erotic paintings of Laura BenAmots (co-published by Last Gasp Press, San Francisco CA and Smokemuse Press CO).
more info about the artist at www.benamotsart.com