Identifying Fulfillment Laura Woermke We like to think that we each have a “story” to tell, a linear progression through life. But what if there is no story? Or, what if our story is simply an invention, not a reflection of ‘truth’, but an arbitrary collection of shifting memories and items? What if the past is a dream and the future never arrives? How then do we know who we are? Through my work I will investigate these questions, pouring over them, searching for meaning, with some foundation in the elements of what brings meaning and fulfillment to our lives. A great deal of my art springs from the documentation of external items that bring gratification to oneself. ‘Story’ implies narrative structure. Using the human form I wish to investigate the many situations of fulfillment. For the Female this can sexual, body manipulation, marriage, and as simple as a good bra. We need stories, and to tell stories, because we need them to define ourselves, to serve as a lens through which we understand, conceive and create our lives. Without them we would simply disappear.
Biography: Curriculum Vitae Laura Woermke b.f.a. Born: London, Ontario. May 11 1968. Education: Honour - Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Windsor. 1990-1993 Diploma in Visual Arts, Fanshawe College of Arts and Technology 1987-1990 Solo Exhibitions 2008 - So what if you Can See, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia Ontario 2005 - Woermke @ the Beanery, St. Thomas, Ontario. 2004 - Infliction, Rainbow Cinemas, Market Square, Toronto, Ontario. 2004 - Catharsis, St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Center, St. Thomas, Ontario. 2002 - Green Art, One London Place, London, Ontario. 2001 - A Personal Journey, St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Center, St. Thomas, Ontario. 2 Person Exhibitions 2007- Painted and Tainted, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia. Ontario 1995 - 99 King, London, Ontario. 1992 - Bare Breasts and Bowls, Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, Ontario. Juried Group Exhibitions 2006-2003 - Paint the Huron Shores, Grand Bend, Ontario. 2006-2003 - Look, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario. 2001 - Applications, Copps Gallery, London, Ontario. Group Exhibitions 2005- Rainbow Cinemas, Toronto, Ontario. 2005 - Save the Children Tsunami Relief Fund, The Arts Project, London, Ontario. 2005 - Black and White Exhibition, Shutter and Brush, Port Stanley, Ontario. 2001 - 2006 Visual Fringe, London, Ontario. Awards 2006 - Suncoast Insurance - Purchase Award. - Paint Ontario 2005 - Purchase Award, Lambton Heritage Museum - Paint Ontario 2003 - Ontario Arts Council Exhibition grant 2001 - Ontario Arts Council Exhibition grant 1999 - Deans Hall, Art in the Heart of London. 1999 - Short Listed, RBC Great Canadian Printmaking Contest. Member London Arts Council President Board of Directors. St.Thomas - Elgin Public Art Center 2006 - Present Vice President - St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Center. 2005-2006 President - Port Stanley Artist Guild 2005-2006 Representation Museum London, Gift Shop and Art Rental. London Ontario Karger Gallery, Elora, Ontario. St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Center, One of a Kind Gift Shop. Eldon Gallery, 14 King St. N., Waterloo, Ontario. Experience 2006 - 2000 - Volunteer - London Visual Fringe - Trooper 2006 - The Healing Palette - St. Joseph - Health and Science Centre- Exhibition of Art work, Healing nature of Art. Juror. 2006 - “Celebrating the power of Women” - Community Art Project YWCA - Facilitator, Instructor. 2006 - Present - President - St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Centre, Ontario. 2005 - “Raise” - Exhibition from the Permanent Collection. St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Centre, St. Thomas, Ontario. Guest Curator. 2005, 2006 - Chair, Organizer, Port Stanley Artists’ Tour. Ontario. 2005 - 2006 President, Port Stanley Artists’ Guild, Port Stanley, Ontario. 1996- 2006 Head Designer - Fellows’ Flowers. 175 Sunset Drive. St. Thomas, Ontario. 2006 - Art Novella - Out Door Exhibition, Qui du vin. - June 15. Judge. 2006 - Guest Speaker - Brush and Pallet - London, Ontario. 2006 - Guest Speaker - Lambeth Artist Guild, Lambeth, Ontario. 2003 - Clark McDougal Scholarship - Juror 1997 - Wood Block Printing with a colorful Difference - Instructor. 1997 - Guest Speaker - Port Stanley Artists’ Guild, Port Stanley, Ontario. 1992- 1993 - Vice President - Visual Art Society, University of Windsor, Ontario. 1992 - Annual Print Making Exhibition, Lebel Gallery, University of Windsor, Ontario. Guest Curator 1992 - Art Gallery of Windsor - Docent - guided tours Collections St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Centre Permanent Collection University of Windsor - Permanent Collection Lambton Heritage Museum - Permanent Collection Sun Coast Insurance - Private Collection Dr. Bruce Pellow - Private Collection Dr. Telford - Private Collection Dr. Steve Phelan - Private Collection Dr. William Thorpe - Private Collection Elizabeth Ingolfsrud, Art Gallery of Ontario - Private Collection Dr. J Hofhuis - Private Collection
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