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Laurie Alpert is a Printmaker and Book Artist. She has her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her MFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art. She is a Professor in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts and primarily teaches studio classes. Alpert is a member of the Bromfield Gallery in Boston's South End and Full Tilt Print Studio, a printmaking cooperative in Hyde Park. Her professional affiliations include the Boston Printmakers, the Monotype Guild of New England and the New York Center for Book Arts. In addition to her ongoing shows at the Bromfield Gallery, she exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
A few years ago I had an obsession with the stains and marks on my studio floor. More recently, I find myself obsessed with 2 bars of soap and twigs sticking out of the snow.
A while back, my studiomate was walking by the sink outside our studio and noticed a bar of soap with a hole through the middle of it. I had been washing my brushes with it and the circular motion had created a hole through its center. She found it visually compelling, took a picture of it and sent it to me. I was immediately struck by the humor of what it was in reality, but also saw the potential in the many ways I could transform it and allow it to exist in a new context. I appropriated her image of the soap and created a series of prints and artists' books, transforming the soap and putting it into different contexts. The name of my last solo show at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston was titled "Soap."
My son recently visited Peru and brought me a bar of soap as a gift. I now have a new obsession: Peruvian soap.
For many years my images have begun with photographs that I've taken of seemingly mundane things. The origin is inconsequential - it is the alteration that gives the image its new life.
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