Laurie Shapiro’s large-scale, mixed-media paintings can be viewed from the wall or in an otherworldly setting where she creates installations that you can walk inside. Her work is driven by an insatiable need to inquire about the nature of how we perceive the world. Fascinated by color and process, Shapiro initially builds up her paintings by screen printing stencils of her drawings, then hand sewing the segments on muslin which she then brings to life with layers of painting . When viewed up close, one can see the intricate details and hand-stitching of her screen printed drawings.
Born in Long Island, NY (1990), Shapiro has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2012), and spent a semester at Bilkent University in Ankara Turkey (2011). She has completed artist residencies at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. In Los Angeles, where she lives and works, Shapiro has had two solo shows with Radiant Space Gallery. She has also shown with Mars Gallery in Chicago. Shapiro was the recipient of an Artists’ Fellowship Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, and was awarded a fellowship at American Jewish University. In addition, Shapiro’s installations have been commissioned for Otherworld and Coffee World. Her paintings are in public and private collections, including the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and Bilkent University.