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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Laura Splan

September 29, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Laura Splan’s work examines the material manifestations of our cultural ambivalence towards the human body. Her conceptually based projects employ a range of traditional and digital techniques. She often uses found objects and appropriated sources to explore socially constructed perceptions of order and disorder. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes including blood, cosmetic facial peel and digital fabrication.

Splan’s work has been exhibited at venues including Museum of Art & Design (New York, NY), New York Hall of Science (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), and Nicolaysen Art Museum (Casper, WY). Commissioned projects for her work have included soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control and computerized lace doilies for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition. She received a Jerome Foundation Grant for artist research at venues including the Wellcome Museum (London, UK) and La Specola (Florence, IT). She has been a visiting lecturer on Digital Art and intersections of Art & Biology at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) and Mills College (Oakland, CA). She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

Artist website:

Images, courtesy of the artist:

“Doilies (Herpes)”
computerized machine embroidered lace

detail of “Host (AZT)”
graphite and blood on archival watercolor paper

“Doilies (SARS)”
computerized machine embroidered lace


September 29, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Roxana Perez-Mendez


121 Hanes Art Center
121 E Cameron Ave
CHAPEL HILL, 27514 United States
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