The wanderer is not a walker of shapes or outlines, and his vision unfolds at ground level, as he goes along.
(Tim Ingold, The Life of Lines, Routledge)
Laurie’s recent paintings are not set in one place or one way of looking, rather, each new vantage point shifts our focus as the ideas and images unfurl over time. Some scenes are based on the artist’s experiences traveling, while others reference historical events or images that were etched into her mind through repeated news cycles. The works in further yet closer still are honest in their wandering, each painting marking an encounter with information that Magnolia Laurie needed to process and translate in order to better understand. Some paintings stay closer to their references, while others are allowed to detour into augmentation and embellishment. The colors and markings in the work range from emotional saturation to restrained precision and starkness.
Borders, fences, and framing devices are repeated motifs in these new paintings, and note division, proximity and distance. We live in a time of division and very tangible transition; these works are about looking and thinking, bearing witness to environmental and cultural rifts, while trying to move forward.
further yet closer still refers to the act of timeless wandering, which is likened to the process of making, the need to lose yourself in order to find what you are looking for. The title also aptly describes the somewhat conflicted state of our social and political environment.
Born 1974 in Hyannis, MA, Magnolia Laurie lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, her P.B.A. from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA and her M.F.A, from Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.