Karla Lauden

The past few years have been about personal observations. Paintings constructed like a storyboard for a play. Characters based on real or imaginary personalities acting out their predicaments in secret or public. Often, figures contorted into unique, challenging, and awkward situations, telling moments of compromise, ambivalence, and compliance. The installations are conceptual extensions where furniture, found objects, and figures are metaphors for different emotions and states of awareness. The scenes are presented in moments of disarray, detachment and entanglement; resolution played out within the confines of a larger stage.