Joan Mitchell Center

Natalie McLaurin

New Orleans, LA
Sept 10 - Jan 31
Sculptor
nataliemclaurin.com

“My work relates ideas of place and belonging, and often, hiding from or trying to confront the ideas and situations I wish I could avoid. Birds, the most commonly seen wild animals in the world, play a large role in my work.”

Natalie McLaurin grew up in Knoxville, TN. Hired for a two-month stint as an art preparator for Prospect.1 in 2008, McLaurin fell victim to the charm of New Orleans. She moved permanently to the city in Fall 2009. McLaurin is an active artist and curator, and founding member of the former artist group T-lot. She has exhibited her work throughout New Orleans at Antenna Gallery, New Orleans Art Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, St. Claude UNO Gallery (solo exhibition), The Front, and other venues. She has also exhibited at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta; Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette LA; G Gallery, Houston; The Project Gallery, Asheville, NC; and Pochran Studios, Brooklyn. McLaurin is Gallery Director and an Artist Member at Antenna Gallery. She has a Bachelors in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and an MFA from University of New Orleans.

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The Accent Didn’t Stick

The Accent Didn’t Stick

2015, vintage dress, resin, purple wax cast boots, dress: 5 x 5 x 5 feet, boot: 6 x 1 x 1 feet

Cocksure

Cocksure

2014, figure: plaster, foam, steel, wire, costume: thrift store sheets, steel, wire, artist’s shoes and pants, 5 x 5 x 3 feet

Mockery

Mockery

2014, figure: plaster, foam, steel, wire, mannequin torso; costume: yarn from thrift store women’s sweaters, artist’s shoes and clothing, wig, 7 x 3 x 3 feet

  Mockery  detail

Mockery detail

Peckerhead in Bedstuy

Peckerhead in Bedstuy

2014, monotype on digital print, 22 x 30 inches

Peckerhead

Peckerhead

2013, figure: plaster and foam, costume: thrift store sheet hand batiked with traditional blue indigo, Slovakian symbol of fertility, artist’s shoes and pants

  Peckerhead  detail

Peckerhead detail

Naked as a Jaybird

Naked as a Jaybird

marker on paper, 30 x 22 inches