b. 1982 Sydney
Currently lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania
Laura E. Kennedy creates works with realistically depicted subjects that fuse traditionally undervalued media with digital technologies. She manipulates 3D prints to create frames that have a conventional ornate appearance similar to those that surround renowned historical oil paintings. Surrounding her realistic pencil drawings with such grandeur allows her to visually suggest that the work is esteemed, while the actual materials are of inferior quality and stature.
Kennedy is also regularly drawn to the use of lengthy narrative titles. She enjoys attempting to condense and convey her conceptual concerns to just the most commonly exhibited components; namely the details panel (title/medium etc.) and the work itself. Her bloated titles also aim to bestow identity upon the animals she portrays in order to rightfully align them more closely with human subjects.
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 20K 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 will very likely 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.