Laura Kmetz recognizes that creativity is an inherently human characteristic, and when we tap into that side of ourselves we acquire a profound way of interpreting the world and applying meaning to everything around us. She describes the power creativity provides her, saying “I’ve always felt so much more natural and empowered by visual and physical expression than by verbal expression.” By making something new, you release your energy and initiate creation.
She credits some of the wonderful professors she had in her early years at the Louisville School of Art, and taps that her “innate facility for drawing” was “enhanced through hours and hours of life drawing from the figure” under the guidance of the realist artist Mary Ann Currier, who has work hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kmetz goes on to explain that she “loves the lyricism of line drawing, especially of the figure“, and finds herself gravitating “to organic forms and movement“. She believes a lot of this connection stems from her background in dancing. Laura credits her painting teacher in showing her the essentials: the movement of paint, how to exploit the various mediums, and the importance of a strong foundation in Art and History concepts. Her sculpture teacher, however, opened her mind to “new ways of thinking about art“, which inspired her transition to “more conceptual work and installations“.
Laura Kmetz has studied at both the University of Cincinnati as a TA in Sculpture, and then transferred to Columbia University. She was deeply affected by the galleries there and the “exposure to so many serious artists.” Since moving to Tampa, Kmetz has found that her work has taken a serious turn. Focusing more on painting, whereas she used to do primarily sculpture and works on paper. Being “surrounded by color and light and beauty” here in Tampa has provided her an “abundance of forms” that she finds she responds very highly to. Laura goes on to describe her small studio that overlooks her backyard, where movement is a constant: watching blue jays, cardinals and woodpeckers flow through the air. Her yoga practice enables her to keep connected to the “logic intrinsic to all of nature“, never searching for inspiration but instead choosing to tap into what’s directly around her.
Laura Kmetz describes her work as “on the edge of abstraction“, focusing on the subtle shifts in her recognition of the world around her and the “almost imperceptible movement”. She frequently works on two pieces at the same time, creating a balance and conceptual dialogue to pair them together. “The repetition and patterns of nature, from seeds to fragmented and dying branches, are all beautiful, offering solace and affirmation of what is good about life.”
Air Flow Acrylic Painting 48” x 36” $920
Blazing Hot Acrylic Painting 36” x 48” $1020
Closely Acrylic Painting 36” x 36” $680
Cool Rush Mixed Media 24” x 36” $995
Crushed Petals Mixed Media, framed 20” x 20” $1040
Departure Mixed Media 24” x 36” $785
Evident Impasse Mixed Media, framed 20” x 20” $1040
Flower Acrylic Painting 36” x 36” $840
Generation I Acrylic Painting 36” x 36” $820
Generation II Acrylic Painting 36” x 36” $820
Gently Acrylic Painting 36” x 36” $680
Intrinsic Acrylic Painting 36” x 48” $1065
Least Resistance Acrylic Painting 36” x 48” $1020
Lost Reverie Mixed Media 24” x 36” $995
Sea Pod Mixed Media 24” x 36” $785
Soft Release Mixed Media, framed 20” x 20” $1040
Mixed Media 7” x 7” $60 each
Mixed Media 11” x 11” $95 each
PAPER PIECES 21” X 29” $780 each (framed)