Born in Minneapolis, Laura Swanson received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Her first solo exhibition was presented at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery in New York in 2016. Her work has also been exhibited at the RISD Museum of Art, Camera Club of New York, and San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, and internationally at Arsenal in Berlin, Germany; Media Art Gallery in Warsaw, Poland; and in South Korea at the Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2017, Swanson presented her first international solo exhibition at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester, United Kingdom and debuted her first public art work at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York.
Swanson was a National Endowment for the Arts John Renna Scholar in 2008–2010, Jacob K. Javits Fellow in 2010–2011, and received a Wynn Newhouse Award from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation in 2013. Her work is held in collection at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester, United Kingdom, and the Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art in Jeju, South Korea. She lives and works in New York.
Through photography, sculpture, and installation, Laura Swanson deconstructs and critiques representations of physical difference and how identity is created, perceived, and performed. Influenced by art history, commercial photography, critical theory, popular culture, retail display, social media, and personal experience, much of the work conceals the artist's identity and depicts her short statured body in playful ways to disrupt the dominance of normative representations of adult bodies in culture.
- Born: Minneapolis, MN, USA
- Based: New York, NY, USA