"I am fascinated by repetitive forms found in nature, in patterns that seem to make sense out of chaos. I enjoy the poignancy that exists on the edge of celebration and loss, capturing the nostalgia that occurs when one suddenly experiences something long forgotten. Most of my installations identify with the idea of a moment captured in time, a nod to the concept originally from the Japanese tea ceremony of “ichi-go ichi-e” which translated means something close to “in one lifetime, one meeting” or “once in a lifetime.”
My works are most often installed on-site in response to their surroundings, whether extruded clay forms resembling three-dimensional line drawings or individually sculpted objects that multiply into the thousands. These sculptural drawings develop much like graphite on paper, being built up or “erased” when pieces are added or removed. Each time I install a work, it is different. When it is moved, it is dismantled and when reinstalled, it is reconfigured to respond to its new space. For me, this mutability is a fascinating and important aspect of the work, realizing that it will only exist as it is in the present"
LAUREL LUKASZEWSKI is a Washington, DC area based artist who creates installations and sculptures primarily from clay, usually porcelain or stoneware. Many of Laurel's works are composed of extruded forms resembling three-dimensional line drawings or calligraphic brushstrokes. Others are installations of thousands of hand-formed objects reflecting imagery from nature focusing on the idea of a moment captured in time, a nod to the concept “ichi-go ichi-e” originally from the Japanese tea ceremony. Her work is based on line, rhythm and form, playing with positive and negative space. The interrelation of works has roots in Laurel's study of Japanese art and culture in graduate school and a habit of incessant doodling. Her works range in size from just a few inches to works that fill a gallery.
Laurel has exhibited in venues across the country including the DC metropolitan area, New York, Miami, Palm Beach, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Seattle, Houston, Tulsa and Bainbridge Island. Laurel has also juried work and/or curated shows for Red Bull's Art of Can, the Montpellier Art Center, Lorton's Workhouse Art Center, Alexandria's Art on the Avenue, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
Laurel is the owner and director of White Point Studio in Mt. Rainier, MD, which she established in the fall of 2014.