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I'm Laura.

Bio

I am an American, Indigenous (NYC) artist, activist, energy healer, designer, and cultural organizer currently based in Berlin, Germany. My work encompasses photography, video, installation, writing, and social interventions with a focus on storytelling, human rights causes, gameplay, and social engagement work. 

I have exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide and have participated in events in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. I have participated in residencies and workshops in Greenland, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Romania, Moldova,

Hungary, Palestine, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Greece, Turkey, and the United States.

I am the founder and the director of studio DE-CONSTRUKT, an artist residency, event, design studio, and photography darkroom that is based in Brooklyn, New York. She previously ran an art gallery called Lucky Gallery both located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Experience

I have exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide, and has participated in events in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. I have participated in residencies and workshops in Greenland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Spain, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Palestine, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Greece, Turkey, and the United States.

Artist Statement

In 2021, I knocked my head on a metal pole, requiring life-saving surgery in Berlin. What transpired in the months after fundamentally changed my life and my artistic practice, irrevocably altering the way I understand myself and navigate the world. My rehabilitation triggered severe PTSD. I was mistreated and neglected while in the hospital. This tore open ancient wounds of violent socio-cultural, abuse related to my ancestry as an Indigenous person. To survive, my brain underwent a disassociation and thus, I became a witness to it as a separate entity, my brain in its distress, grew teethe.

 

At first, loud sounds, music, or anything unknown aggravated my brain – I could perceive it baring teeth and roaring. My brain dictated what I could process and when. It felt like an ego death, with me as an observer. I needed to press reset, like reinstalling software on a computer. This meant learning how to reunite with my

brain to digest external stimuli as one. Re-integration.

The act of rebooting led to investigating the concept of ‘Teethe’ – meaning to grow teeth. It’s embodying the painful difficulties of growth, like a baby teething. My new projects are founded on this notion. This process of recalibration, rooting, and reaching out also informs my previous work, utilizing multi-disciplinary practices to examine Indigenous perspectives, engaging with diverse people, ancestors, and the natural world grounded in a whole-listic approach, the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

My relationship with my ancestors and to land is realized through dreamwork, meditation, interaction with elementals, and active listening. It manifests through my photography, performance, installations, gameplay, writing, audio projects, and workshops that are seeded in my mother’s identity as a Lumbee tribeswoman with

no legal acknowledgment.

Issues of homeland, identity, human rights, nature, and ancestral foundations infuse my installations, visual art, and sacred/social interventions that have taken me all over the world from Iceland to Moldova to Kyrgyzstan and many places in between. I’ve also landed residencies and research opportunities in Greenland, Nagorno Karabakh, Georgia, Palestine, and Turkey.

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