Laura Eklund

I am Alone to Crowd Together
© 2018 Laura Eklund

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Welcome to the homepage of United States Abstract Artist Laura Perry- Eklund, from Olive Hill, Ky. I have to admit I am not interested in much besides art. Most people don't even interest me, except other artists, poets, musicians, and thinkers. Alot of people I find materialistic and boring as hell. I guess that is why I work in such an unsocialized form. I also reject one of the Post-Modern notions that the artist is only a "conduit" of their art, that they are not really apart of it. I find that idea absurd. I have come to accept I am an outsider, and these days I even welcome it. I couldn't create the art I do if I thought like everyone else. Growing up in the heart of Appalachia, I was raised to understand that happiness comes from the simple, natural things in life. Not from what you have or can acquire. My grandfather was a very wealthy man, but didn't even own a t.v. My interests have always been in the natural world, art, the psychic phenomena, and astrology. I guess my art is an outburst from the visions I have, and the ways I react to control and conformity, [which is not very well]. I have to feel completely free from everything to create, especially from what is considered the "norm." Several periods in my life when I lived alone I have gone into intense isolation to make art, and to get away from the people I didn't understand. Sometimes I have "visions" of paintings, where I can see the colors and forms. I start painting, and, using the skills and knowledge I have as a trained artist, I pull the paint and color into the composition to achieve unity. Painting for as long as I have, I find usually the paint will do what I want it to do, which is a very good feeling! Then the transfer from my mind to the canvas/paper "happens." I have never wanted to be anything but an artist and poet. I am also an avid reader of art history and great thinkers like John Berger and Arthur Danto. But the visions I have are at the core of my art. Growing up as a girl, and now, I have a "gift," of knowing things before they happen and reading people's thoughts. I guess you could say I have a "sixth sense," and it is very strong. I have found that acceptance and cultivation of my "abilities," has caused the continuing growth and discovery of my "abilities." I have discovered that my visions, intuitions, and the colors and forms I see are at the center of my creations. My life has been a process of dealing with this "difference" and coming to accept who I am through my art. These days, I make the art I love making, and live for the continuing growth of my existence through art. I enjoy my visions, and now through art and writing especially, I can live oustide my head. I am very happy beyond all this existential dread, and I am going to make this art until I die. Please visit my professional online gallery:
Studios of Laura Eklund

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