Knoxville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing
Mary Laube was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 2012. Her paintings are shown nationally with recent exhibitions at the Hawn Gallery (Dallas), Field Projects (NYC), and Whitdel Arts (Detroit). Her work has been supported by several artist residencies including the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Stiwdeo Maelor in Wales. Laube is co-founder of the Warp Whistle Project, a collaborative duo with composer Paul Schuette. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Every day we make countless attempts to memorialize our experiences. We snap photographs, collect souvenirs, and spend hours re-imagining past events. Collectively, we hoard objects in museums, build altarpieces, and canonize stories in books and theater. Through various forms of representation, we create surrogates for the irretrievable histories we long to preserve. However, efforts to present complete and accurate versions of history are often romanticized abstractions. My work focuses on the notion that we replace our lived experiences with ideologies fabricated from factual knowledge, personal mythology, and collectively built archetypes. I modify perspective to create flattened worlds that call attention to the contradictory nature of pictorial space. Reminiscent of paper dolls, theater sets, and miniatures, my work describes painting as an act of staging – the representation of a constructed and idealized world.