Laura Fischman is a Boston-based artist who paints the unnoticed, imperfect, and often fragmented topographies of everyday life‚ from patches of skin, to gutter pipes, and reflections of the landscape in the rain. In her painting, she honors often overlooked spaces and moments by exploring the humanity embedded within their flaws, and the ruin resulting from the passage of time. Fischman has exhibited her paintings locally and nationally, including as part of the 2015 National Weather Center Biennale in Norman Oklahoma, in the Courtyard Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at the Attleboro Museum of Art, the 808 Gallery at Boston University, and at Gallery Benoit in Boston, among others. Solo exhibitions include Gallery 110 at University of South Dakota, Vermillion, McGladrey Art Gallery at Bentley University, and the Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at the Essex Art Center. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, and in the 365 Artists 365 Days online project. Fischman received a BA from Northwestern University, an MS from Boston University and an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
My paintings begin with close looking at objects and landscapes. I am drawn to the simplicity and beauty of the unremarkable and the banal, such as barren landscapes and discarded objects. From there, I rely on memory, photographs, and perception to try to truly understand and distill their form. I work iteratively, observing, painting, deconstructing and abstracting in order to transform and capture the image in paint. My paintings, though a record of my own inquiries, memories and curiosities, are both temporal and a-temporal; capturing a moment in time, and simultaneously collapsing time, elucidating fictional moments or expanses of time within one painting.