Laurel Shackelford

Artist's statement

Curiosity courses through my veins. Throughout life I've been asking questions aimed at deepening my understanding of the world. Initially my sculpture explored the social and cultural changes that transformed women's horizons during my lifetime. I used steel mesh due to its quality to maintain strength and integrity while undergoing stress, thereby functioning as a metaphor for the resilience women needed to navigate this tumultuous period.

Over time my exploration has shifted to nature, the preciousness of life and the passing of time. I now focus on making art that celebrates the beauty of tree trunks, the midnight sky and flower petals on a sidewalk. I use wood, paper and other natural fibers to create these visual abstractions that illustrate the dynamics of life and death. My desire is to make art that celebrates natural beauty and invites reflection on the preciousness of life and scarcity of time.

Selected Juried Exhibitions

Intersections VI: Fiber Dimensions and Beyond, San Francisco Presidio
50/50 Show, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
45th Annual Textile Exhibit, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA

Fiber Dimensions, Union Bank, San Francisco
(Re)Modified, Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, CA
Discardia, CK Gallery, Oakland, CA

Fiber Arts from the Bay Area, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA
Arftully Reclaimed, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA
High Fiber, Blue Line Arts Roseville, CA, College of the Sequoias/Arts Visalia Gallery, CA
Discarded to Divine Preview, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Modified, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA
Intersections V: colors_concepts_contours, Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
Endangered Species, Laney College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

Dualities, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Soft Show, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Intersections IV, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco

Ladies Who Lunch, Grand Avenue Artworks, Pacific Grove, CA

Recycle Exhibit, Nido, Moss Landing, CA

Miniatures, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Constants and Variables, Surface Design Association, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO