b. 1982 Sydney
Currently lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania
Early Career Visual Artist Laura E. Kennedy creates realistic drawings predominately 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 series for her 2018 solo exhibition returned to her earlier focus of manipulating the standard boundary between artwork and the surrounding picture frame. Progressively through that series she increasingly manipulated the ornamentation on the frames using a combination of 3D printing and laser-cutting. Currently, Kennedy has continued this approach with works that have ornate 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 held three solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows. She has also been awarded the Henry Jones Art Prize as well as being selected as a finalist in the Churchie: National Emerging Artist Prize, 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.
In November 2016 Kennedy curated an exhibition of international, national and local female artists to raise money for the White Ribbon Foundation. The Polygon Project featured work by over 30 incredible artists on identically shaped "polygon" panels.
In July 2015 at 32 years of age she was diagnosed with brain cancer, but after two successful surgeries and a course both of radiation and chemotherapy she is currently cancer free. However, she lives with the knowledge that her cancer is very likely to someday return.
In early 2019 she gave birth to her first child. As such, she is currently adjusting to the delightful demands of life as a new parent while attempting to maintain a healthy portion of her artistic practice.
She is represented by .M Contemporary in Woollahra, Sydney.