Laura Splan’s work explores intersections of art, science, and technology. Her conceptually based projects examine the material manifestations of our mutable relationship with the human body. She reconsiders perceptions and representations of the corporeal with a range of traditional and new media techniques. She often combines the quotidian with the unfamiliar to interrogate culturally constructed notions of order and disorder, function and dysfunction. Her frequent combinations of textiles with technology challenge values of "the hand" in creative production and question notions of agency and chance in aesthetics. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes, which she mines for their narrative implications and untapped potentials. Her recent work uses biosensors to create data-driven forms and patterns for digitally fabricated sculptures, weavings and works on paper as well as for movement in performances with biosensor actuated apparatus.
Splan's work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Museum of Arts & Design (New York, NY) and the Beall Center for Art + Technology (Irvine, CA). Her work has been exhibited widely in Iceland, South Korea, England, Germany, Sweden, Austria and beyond. Commissioned projects for her work have included soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control, computerized lace doilies for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition, and 3D printed sculptures for Davidson College. Her work is included in the collections of the Thoma Art Foundation, the NYU Langone Art Collection, the Institute for Figuring, and the UCSF Infectious Disease Department.
Reviews and articles including her work have appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice, American Craft, and Discover Magazine. Splan’s essays and interviews have been published in Art Practical, SciArt Magazine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She received a Jerome Foundation Grant for research in Europe on the history of medical imaging and apparatus. She has been awarded artist residencies at The University Science Center (Philadelphia, PA), The Institute for Electronic Arts (Alfred, NY), and subnetAIR at The Center for Human-Computer Interaction (Salzburg, AT).
Photo Credit: Nihar Makwana for Creative Tech Week