About the Artist
Laura Sturtz is a versatile artist creating work in both 3D and 2D. Currently she explores both geometric and organic forms in her artwork primarily in metals and wood. Additionally, she spent 10+ years almost exclusively creating in ceramic. She enjoys being challenged by processes in exploring various media. Working with recycled/reclaimed materials whenever possible presents limitations, but also opens possibilities. Both wood and metal present joinery, form, and finishing issues. Having participated in numerous juried national and regional exhibitions, her work is in many national and international private collections. Currently, she simultaneously works on at least two different bodies of work. She says that with so many options, life is too short to simply focus on one area to the exclusion of all else. Laura returned to school as an ‘older’ student at Texas State University and received a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) with a concentration in studio art. Subsequently, she enjoyed teaching studio art classes as an adjunct at Austin Community College for 14 years. These included drawing, life drawing, 2 & 3D design, and sculpture classes. She also taught classes and workshops at the Art School of Austin Museum of Art for six years.
Much of my artwork is comprised primarily of recycled and reclaimed metals and wood. Many pieces hover somewhere between two and three dimensions. They are assembled from parts I have made, altered, and/or found. My works include collages, shadow sculptures, metal ‘quilts’, wood (& metal) sculpture, and jewelry . The ‘shadow sculpture’ series takes the linear aspect of drawing into three dimensions.