Laura Bernstein

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Laura Bernstein creates viscerally grotesque wearable sculptures for herself and others that become monstrous creatures in both natural woodlands and urban settings. Made from papier-mâché, wax, felt and raw wood, the costumes combine the aesthetics of high school play sets, exquisite large-scale puppetry, and low-budget horror and science fiction films. Inspired by nature documentaries and Medieval Bestiaries, a compilation of real and imagined beasts, her videos remove any humanizing voice-over or voyeurism to instead channel and document the defining actions that characterize each beast. Thought of as shells, husks, or hides, the artifices Bernstein adds to bodies ask the ways in which inside and out, normal and freakish, human and animal, are defined and redefined.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.

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