Laurie Skantzos

(b 1966Canada. Lives and works in Guelph)

Skantozos’ recent works on paper are exploratory in nature and allow for a form of free expression that carries through to her wooden wall sculptures. She sees these two practices as complimentary, and as a means of rehearsing shape and colour combinations, which then translate into palette choices for plywood forms. Her use of hand-cut templates to create patterns also leads to unplanned transfers and residues, which also make their way into compositions.

“This practice of working with these relatively intimate paintings has really carried me through the past year,” she says. “I can lose myself in the exploration, and the elicited feelings of hope and joy allow for much needed balance in my life.”