LAURA CANNAMELA
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Waterfalls
The works in the Waterfalls series are sculptural forms that suggest the detailed topography of waterfalls. While originally inspired by Japanese sources, in the process of creation the works have evolved into individualized and unique forms unrelated to a specific place.

Waterfalls are located about two hundred and fifty feet from my home in the village of Valatie (which was named from Dutch word for “Little Falls”). While observing various aspects of these falls and their environs every day, I have perceived many similarities between the erosion created through natural forces and the sculpture created through cutting away layers of paper or clay. In both, there is a fusion of process and form that is crucial to the image perceived. In both, the positive space and the negative space are connected through the process of formation. In both, the form created suggests a relationship of past actions to the present, reflecting the passage of time.


Genji series and earlier works
My work is informed by art historical sources, such as Japanese illustrations for Genji Monogatari (the Tale of Genji), Persian Miniatures illustrating the Khamza of Nizami, and Tibetan paintings of the Taras Who Protect from the Eight Dangers. I am interested in their variety of textures, colors, and patterns, and how these design elements are interwoven to create a balance between representational space and abstract form. My work focuses on this balance by leaving out the figures which are so central to the narrative works, reinterpreting these spaces without them.

Architectural forms and objects left behind allude to recent human presence; the absence of figures allows the emptiness of the implied spaces to be perceived. While empty of figures, these spaces are actually full: filled with texture and pattern, filled with layers of paper, filled with light and shadow. The interplay of empty implied space and full actual space blurs the distinction between image and object, between simulation and reality.