Laura E Kennedy

Emerging Artist Laura E. Kennedy creates realistic drawings primarily using coloured pencils on panel. Kennedy has developed a unique approach to using her regularly devalued medium of choice by sealing the surface of the works with matte lacquer. This removes the need for glazing and allows a greater intimacy with the surface, much to her satisfaction.

Kennedy’s most recent series returns to her earlier focus of manipulating the standard boundary between artwork and the surrounding picture frame. Progressively through this series she has increasingly manipulated the ornamentation on the frames using a combination of 3D printing and laser-cutting. Moving forward, Kennedy intends to continue this approach with her next series having frames entirely designed by the artist.

Kennedy grew up on the NSW Central Coast and graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Printmedia). Although initially her artmaking was irregular as she headed into full-time employment as a picture framer, she has maintained a continuous practice since her relocation to Hobart in early 2013. Since then, she has been selected as a finalist in the Rick Amor Drawing Prize, STILL: The National Still Life Award, the Bay of Fires Art Prize, the City of Hobart Art Prize, the Lethbridge 10000 and the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing. Kennedy’s work and curation has also been featured in numerous publications and blogs including Inside Out, Frankie, TheJealousCurator and SuperSonicArt.