Page Laughlin, will engage the ON::View residency space as a living laboratory for developing the Community Coloringbook Project. This is the next series in the Coloringbook Portfolio and “Paper Doll” Series, large scale oil and digital ink paintings on sheets of paper. Laughlin works at the intersection between oil painting, photography, and digital drawing. Starting from photographs she takes of people in her community, Laughlin converts the photos into composite figures and generates a line drawing, a coloring book template, for painterly exploration.
“Through my painting and digital ink artworks I am interested in examining our relationship to the ‘things we carry’ —the physical, psychological, and social markers of of who we are,” says Laughlin. “I ask people to pose for simple photographs, wearing their favorite hat, their everyday street clothes, bringing whatever they carry with them. I am very excited by the ON::View Residency opportunity to workshop the early digital and inkwash drawings for a community coloringbook.”
Throughout her residency, Laughlin invites the public to come be a part of the coloringbook project. On Saturday May 12th from 12-5pm, she will start taking pictures for the coloringbook. Stop by, come dressed as you are, and /or bring a favorite hat you like to wear, or burden you would like to share. Or simply come in and say Hi! and spread the word. On June 1st from 6-9pm, Sulfur Studios will hold a public open-house; Laughlin will exhibit paintings from her Coloringbook Portfolio.
Page Laughlin has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Fe, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond. Laughlin’s paintings are in numerous private and public collections, and her paintings have been shown in over 43 competitive exhibitions including 10 solo exhibitions or installations, 11 museum exhibitions, and 6 published color exhibition catalogues. Laughlin lives and works in Winston-Salem, NC, where she is a Professor at Wake Forest University.