Laura Drey is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, TX. She received her MFA 2018, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA, (Honors) 2015, the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX.
Artist Statement My artwork and writing are a compilation of vignettes, and poetry speaks to the complexities of migration. I focus on the nuances of personal and cultural identities as they intersect with themes of geography and government, labor and movement, economics, and culture. In this dialogue, I explore generational perspectives that touch on subjects of home, belonging, familial bonds, and otherness. I use farming packaging materials to investigate the layered identity of my American experiences and my Mexican heritage. I juxtapose traditional techniques with contemporary technology to create assemblages where weaving and storytelling come together as a hybrid of symbolic and literal objects. I incorporate hand-weaving and sewing as small ways to pay tribute to those who came before me and worked with the material under very different circumstances.
Montrose, Houston, Texas