Laura White Carpenter
My work is greatly influenced by the hidden and hinted-at elements of the natural and man-made world with which we coexist. My compositions are intended to honor individual properties, often by experimenting with perspective and highlighting the unexpected or unusual. I seek to translate and interpret the myriad shapes, textures, and colors of nature into creations in which the beholder can continually find novelty and revelation. The impact of a grouping and mixing of materials often communicates power in a more visceral way than its individual parts. My creative process can be described as perpetual gathering, trialing, assembling and disassembling.
I have lived and volunteered on four continents and am greatly influenced by the seemingly universal imperative of using decorative marks to indicate an object’s or place’s significance. I have dwelled within the brightly colors painted on a home in Bhutan and within the brown and ochre patterns on a mud hut in Ghana. In my work, I am creating my own artistic response to the organic materials available within the cultural experience that surrounds these objects.
Laura White Carpenter is a Providence-based artist who has been recognized and honored with awards in a variety of media (ceramic sculpture, mixed media, painting and photography), including in highly competitive national exhibits. Laura holds a degree in art therapy and works daily as an occupational therapist, using art to connect hospitalized patients with their individual healing journeys. She works with adults with chronic and acute neurological, psychiatric, orthopedic and cognitive impairments. Laura is highly involved in the intersection of art and healing, serves as the chairperson of the Visual Arts sub-committee of Butler Hospital’s Healing Arts Committee, has written related grants and conducts research in the use of the arts with specific populations.
Art League of Rhode Island, Associate Artist Member
Attleboro Arts Museum, Artist Member
Mad Dog Artists Studios and Gallery, Studio Member
Plymouth Center for the Arts, Artist Member
South County Art Association, Artist Member
Wickford Art Association, Juried Artist Member