Laura Naples in residency at MacArthur Place
Infused with curious exploration and the grace found in stillness, these works on paper distill Laura Naples' experience during her Uprise Art x MacArthur Place residency.
During her time at MacArthur Place, Laura created a suite of works on paper using aqueous washes of diluted acrylic to create gestural abstractions that reflect on the ineffable. Channeling everything from the journey of childhood to adulthood, and on to motherhood, Laura's paintings are tender reflections on coming into one's own.
The gardens at McArthur Place and the surrounding Napa Valley offered new forms and textures that I distilled into paintings. While at a winery, I sketched the blossoms of a yucca plant that inspired these shapes. Within the petal-like structures, a beautiful texture organically dried, the spaces between the curves activated and directional.
My time at MacArthur Place allowed me to spend time engaged in a technique that is foundational to my playful painting process: sketching. Inspired by MacArthur Place's lush gardens and grounds, I found new shapes and color captures that formed the basis for the series of works on paper. Having time and space to be led by curiosity allowed me to engage with and reflect on my creative nature.
Photos by Emma K. Morris