Laura Splan's work interrogates the material manifestations of our cultural ambivalence towards the human body. Her conceptually based projects employ a range of traditional and digital techniques. She often uses found objects and appropriated sources to explore socially constructed perceptions of order and disorder. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes including blood, cosmetic facial peel and digital fabrication.
Laura Splan is an artist and lecturer whose work explores intersections of art, science, technology and craft. Her conceptually based projects examine the material manifestations of our cultural ambivalence towards the human body with a range of traditional and new media techniques. She often uses found objects and appropriated sources to explore socially constructed perceptions of order and disorder, normal and aberrant. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes (blood, electromyography, cosmetic facial peel, digital fabrication), which she mines for their narrative implications and untapped potentials.
Splan's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Museum of Art & Design (New York, NY), New York Hall of Science (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (CA), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY) and Beall Center for Art + Technology (Irvine, CA). Her work has been exhibited internationally in Iceland, South Korea, England, Germany, Sweden, France, and beyond. Commissioned projects for her work have included soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control, computerized lace doilies for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition, and 3D printed sculptures for Davidson College. Her work is included in the collections of the Thoma Art Foundation, Institute for Figuring, UC San Francisco Infectious Disease Department, and New York University Fales Library.
Reviews and articles including her work have appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice, American Craft, and Discover Magazine. Splan’s essays and interviews have been published in Art Practical, SciArt in America and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has been featured on Eight Forty-Eight on WBEZ Public Radio (Chicago, IL) and Spark on KQED Public Television (San Francisco, CA). She received a Jerome Foundation Grant for research at venues including the Wellcome Museum (London, UK) and La Specola (Florence, IT). She has been awarded artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center and ACRE, and fellowships at Byrdcliffe and Kala Art Institute. Splan has spoken widely at a variety of venues including University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Exploratorium, California College of Art, New York Academy of Sciences, and Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been a visiting lecturer teaching courses on intersections of Art, Science, and Technology at Stanford University, Mills College, and Illinois State University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY in a building that has been both a pharmaceutical factory and a knitting factory where she spends her days needling the past and poking the future.