As a nomad during the formative years of my life, and later as an immigrant, a sense of cultural loss, and the search for a place to call home have been preoccupations that have persistently emerged in my work. Art has been a way to process the interior landscape and at times it has been a catalyst for action, prompting me to instigate interventions into daily life.
I often set my projects within small interior spaces or in my community (such as cafes, parks, grocery stores, artist project spaces, etc.), and I approach them from a relational aesthetics perspective. I tend to work with low-tech materials, tools, and techniques that I can access easily and typically focus on the experience and the doing of the project, favouring process over finished product. While I continue to work within the theme of connection, in the past two years my work has turned more to contemplating my interior landscape. This has led to new projects where I have been engaging with embroidery, textiles, found objects, and walking. These new materials and methods have led me to explore what it means to have an embodied practice and have amplified the element of repetition, or seriality, which occurs often in my work.
Through repetition I am able to sit with a question over a long period of time, sometimes up to a year. Whether I work with stitches or planned encounters, I am, ultimately, always motivated to create a sense of equanimity for myself, and moments of connection with others.
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Laura Bucci is an interdisciplinary artist working with interventions, textiles, printed matter, and participatory installations. She holds a BFA (92) from NSCAD and is an MFA candidate (2023) at ECUAD. Her work explores issues of loneliness and belonging and mostly manifests itself in attempts to disrupt the everyday and to make connections with the public through planned and chance encounters. She has shown in Vancouver at community galleries and artist run spaces and recently in Nova Scotia. Several of her projects have also occurred in the public space unaffiliated to a gallery or institution. She is currently trying to find the right manifestation to express the uncertainty of these times while living as an uninvited guest on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver, Canada.