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 a Brooklyn, NY based artist whose work explores intersections of art, science, technology and craft. Her conceptually based projects examine the material manifestations of our mutable relationship with the human body. She reconsiders perceptions and representations of the corporeal with a range of traditional and new media techniques. She often combines the quotidian with the unfamiliar to interrogate culturally constructed notions of order and disorder, function and dysfunction. Her frequent combinations of textiles with technology challenge values of "the hand" in creative production and question notions of agency and chance in aesthetics. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes (blood, cosmetic facial peel, digital fabrication), which she mines for their narrative implications and untapped potentials. Her recent work uses biosensors (electromyography, electroencephalography) to create data-driven forms and patterns for digitally fabricated sculptures, weavings and works on paper as well as for movement in performances with sensor-actuated apparatus.
Splan's work has been included in exhibitions at Museum of Arts & Design (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Stadtgalerie Lehen (Salzburg), and Beall Center for Art + Technology (Irvine, CA). International audiences for her work have included Iceland, South Korea, England, Germany, Sweden, Austria, and Canada. Commissions for her transdisciplinary projects have included soap residue paintings for the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, 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, The NYU Langone Art Collection, and The Science Center (Philadelphia).
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 Magazine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her research and residencies have been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Institute for Electronic Arts. As a frequent visiting artist and lecturer, Splan has been invited to present at a variety of venues including the New York Academy of Sciences, The Center for Human-Computer Interaction (Salzburg) and Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been a visiting lecturer on intersections of Art, Science, and Technology at Stanford University and Mills College teaching interdisciplinary courses including “Embodied Interfaces”, “Data as Material”, “Electronic Art”, and “Art and Biology”. She is currently a Fellow in AS220’s Digital Arts Fellowship Program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant.