Laurel McMechan

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Laurel McMechan's current projects in painting and printmaking explore invented landscape in search of an expanded idea of place. The natural and built environments we inhabit are both physical and psychological territories, made from strata of perception, history, culture and personal memory. Her work is inspired by layering of perception, namely the simultaneous experience of the worlds we make inside our heads and the exterior physical world and community we occupy with our bodies. She pursues collage strategies as metaphor for the overlap of virtual and visceral parts of our daily life. A nationally exhibited artist originally hailing from Colorado, McMechan was recently in residence at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Colony and Vermont Studio Center. Living and working in Boston, she holds a BFA from the University of Denver and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art + Design. Her work was most recently on exhibit in Ohio and New York. Her work resides in private and public collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Richmond Museums. She currently teaches in the Studio Foundation department at Massachusetts College of Art + Design and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.