First Friday Feature Artist for April 1st, 2016
Laurel Sears is a Montana native, born into progressive grassroots social movements of
Missoula and raised in the vast rural landscape of the Bitterroot Valley. She’s much more of a dancer than a photographer, but she has loved the frame of a lens since her high school photography class. One of Laurel’s artistic muses, Georgia O’Keeffe, once said:
“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could... I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was
looking at... not copy it.”
To me, photography is about framing small parts of the 3-dimensional world we live in. We cannot capture the exact moment, but rather hint at the beauty, magic, or texture of a place and time. The photography in this exhibit is from New Zealand, Germany, upstate New York, Montana, Arizona, and Hawai’i, all places I’ve experienced and loved.