Laura Marotta generates grid systems that disrupt standard square and rectangular structures. Using modular building blocks, she constructs and assembles forms that zigzag back and forth, shaping volumes that are tilting and asymmetrical. New Balance is a series of painted plywood tetrahedron sculptures that twist and turn and loop through space. These objects invite viewers to interact, to walk around and through compositions where negative space is as vital as the positive material form. While they reference public shelters, outdoor seating, or domestic objects like table tops, they also operate as architectural models; speculative plans and imaginative prompts that invite us to consider the potential of interacting—with each other and each form—on macro and miniature scales.
Photography: Scott Lee
Laura Marotta received her MFA from the University of Guelph and her work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Gallery of Windsor, McMaster Museum of Art and Art Gallery of Mississauga. Her permanent public art commissions include Octagon for Trafalgar Park commissioned by the Town of Oakville, and Bead Maze commissioned by Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton. She is a recipient of the Established Artist Award from the City of Hamilton, and is featured as part of the cities #IAmAnArtist banner campaign. Laura Marotta is based in Hamilton, Ontario.