Laura Corcoran

LocationSt Paul, MN

Artist Statement:

My work is inspired by the other lives around me, the non-human ones who exist in the same spaces as me, but whose experience of this space are vastly different than mine.  Scientific information, personal observations and experiences inform my imagery. My largest body of work is about neo-tropical bird migration.  My goals in this work are to express my sense of wonder at this natural phenomenon, to offer incites into the hardships faced by migratory birds, and to depict how neotropical migrants connect seemingly disparate ecosystems.  Migratory birds are incredible not only in their ability to navigate and travel extraordinary distances, but also in their ability to survive and contribute to their winter habitat, breeding habitat, and the places in-between.  Migratory birds are visual reminders of how Minnesota is connected to places such as the Peruvian Amazon and the cloud forests of Costa Rica.   

My prints are bird centric, yet they are also about the human experience of living in a world with birds.  Humans have the unique ability to wonder and learn about the lives around us.  This ability is both a privilege and a challenge.  My prints are informed by both the privilege of learning about and observing the natural world, and the challenge of knowing the adverse effects of human activity on many ecosystems and organisms.


Biography:

Laura Corcoran grew up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where she developed an early interest in the natural world.  She studied studio art at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and received an undergraduate degree in 2004.  The following year she completed student teaching and earned a k-12 license in art education. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with an MFA.  She currently lives in St. Paul, MN, teaches art at Roseville Area High School.