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Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003 (detail). In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Hand embroidery and silk screen print on tussah silk. 69 1⁄2 x 50 inches. Edition 1 of 7 variants. Photo: Aaron Igler. Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003. In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Hand embroidery and silk screen print on tussah silk. 69 1⁄2 x 50 inches. Edition 1 of 7 variants. Photo: Aaron Igler.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003 (detail). In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Hand embroidery and silk screen print on tussah silk. 69 12 x 50 inches. Edition 1 of 7 variants. Photo: Aaron Igler.

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Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003. In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Hand embroidery and silk screen print on tussah silk. 69 1x 50 inches. Edition 1 of 7 variants. Photo: Aaron Igler.
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Laura Owens

In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Owens created seven identical large-scale prints on Indian tussah silk, with cotton floss embroidery. When the initial printing and embroidery was completed, Owens made additions to each individual piece, creating seven variants. Considered as a whole, the seven variants depict a tree, and through it, the passage of time—leaves fall, flowers bloom and wilt, worms crawl, spiders spin webs and clouds pass. According to curator Paul Schimmel, “[Owens] has an uncanny ability to combine a highly personal iconography with a profound understanding of the history of art. She approaches painting collaboratively and conceptually.” Owens has a strong commitment to the medium of painting, and, for her, painting is an intuitive process. She has said of successful work, "you can't really plan to make it happen. You can just set up the circumstances that make it happen."


Bio

Born in 1970 in Euclid, Ohio, Owens is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; and the California Institute of Arts, Valencia. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Since her first solo show in 1995, Owens's work has been included in the most important surveys of new painting, including Examining Pictures (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1999), and Painting at the End of the World (Walker Art Center, 2001), as well as the 1999-2000 Carnegie International and Drawing Now: Eight Propositions (The Museum of Modern Art, 2002-03). She was also included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum of American Art, 2004). Her works are in the collections of LAMOCA, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.