Shelter in Place is a series that conveys a sense of place without defining given structures or fixed narrative. I use the camera as a mark-making tool to create gestural lines with light that suggest drawing, or hazy washes of color that act like a painter’s brush. Blurred architectural structures and tilted interiors suggest our spatial memory can be triggered simply through a line, grid, or abstract pattern. Associations with a specific color or ambiguous form can elicit a fleeting moment in time, memory, and place. Layered, diffused images create the feeling of déjà vu, the experience of waking from a dream, or the attempt to recall a lost idea or memory not fully formed. The end result evokes a haunting sense of shelter and place.
Laurel Lueders is an interdisciplinary visual artist, who has shown her work in over 30 solo exhibitions and 150 group exhibitions internationally. She is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, awards, and artist residencies. She is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Visual Studies Department at LIM College (New York, NY). Lueders holds a MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY, a MS in Design Studies (Installation Art & Textiles) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in Art History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recent solo exhibitions include: Endless, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, Spring Green, WI; Square Foot|Non-Places, NX2 Gallery, Berlin, Germany; The Rebellion of Systems, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI; On White, Opus Projects, New York, NY; Perfectly Nowhere, Stream Gallery at Edgewood College, Madison, WI; and Within Without, Schloss Museum, Quedlinburg, Germany.