Canadian artist to speak about painting, sculpture and electronic media

Studio portrait of artist Laura Payne. || Photo courtesy of North Island College.
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Canadian visual artist Laura Payne will speak about her work at an upcoming North Island College (NIC) virtual artist talk.

Payne’s work in painting, sculpture and electronic media addresses the space where simulated abstraction becomes hyper-reality, creating trompe-l’oeil — using realistic imagery to create optical illusions, according to a media release by NIC.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Laura as our next Artist Talk speaker,” said Sara Vipond, series coordinator and NIC fine art faculty member. “Her work explores the intersection of physical and digital mediums, creating striking imagery that pushes our perceptions. We’re excited to hear her speak about her process and how she developed her professional practice.” 

Payne will speak from 6–7 p.m. on March 17 — the online event is free to attend.

Laura Payne Radial 31 2021
Radial 31 by Canadian visual artist Laura Payne

NIC Artist Talk presentations are led by the artists and last one hour, allowing the audience gain insight into each artist’s professional practice. A short question period follows each presentation. 

For emerging artists, the series is a chance to learn from contemporary artists, including how to develop a robust studio practice, find their own voice within arts-based research, create successful applications for grants, exhibitions and residencies and cultivate relationships with fellow artists and curators to develop collaborative work and gallery shows. 

The series will wrap with the Comox Valley Art Gallery on March 31. 

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