The paintings of Laura Duerwald are not actually painted. They are constructed out of materials - paper, graphite, linen, wax - through an intuitive process of addition and subtraction. They employ an acute sensitivity to the character of each material, and the poetic possibilities of their various combinations. The folds and tears form the foundation of a geometry that references a longtime fascination with natural formations, charts, topography, stitching, and African or Asian textiles.

Duerwald received a BFA from Syracuse University before moving to New York City, where she worked as an illustrator and graphic designer. Turning her focus to painting, she studied at the Art Students League and earned an MFA from Marywood University. Her work has been exhibited in solo and two-person exhibitions, as well as national and international group shows. She has been awarded artist residencies at the NES Foundation in Skagastrond, Iceland, and at the Vermont Studio Center. She works and resides in the foothills of the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.


Graphite, acrylic, paper, wax on linen or canvas