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Page Laughlin
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

The Paper Doll Series, relatively large oil paintings on paper, creates and explores images of contemporary women engaged in simple tasks of labor. The traditions of these acts in art address issues of class, gender, and race. This provides a framework underlying my interest in examining the contemporary condition of agency as a female maker, mother, and citizen. I am interest in how we are defined by and through the ‘things we carry’ —the physical, psychological, and social markers of who we are. My subjects are less individual portraits and are more emblematic, being assembled from composite drawings of individuals. I portray young women in young adulthood, when we shift from being carried to having to carry. I am interested in the distance between what we pick up and what we must accomplish.

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