Through fiber-based installation I explore notions of the American dream, belonging, and consumption as they relate to exterior projections of happiness and identity formation. Memories of framed Norman Rockwell prints, hockey games on the TV, and shelves lined with figurines are reimagined to create a visual language where normative becomes blurry and ambiguous, and where the perceived sameness of suburbia becomes unpredictable and exuberant. The process of abstraction–tracing, fragmenting, and silhouetting–is an off-path route, or queering, used to generate new possibilities and fluid forms of image-making within my practice.
Laura Boban is an artist and educator originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She is currently a first year graduate student in the Craft/Material Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2008 she received her BFA in art education and studio arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before starting her MFA she was a high school art teacher for ten years for Chicago Public Schools.