Laura Thipphawong is a Toronto-based artist whose practice focuses on the critical theory of violence, sexuality, and abject psychological elements in visual culture and folklore. According to the artist, “I seek to discover meaning in the complex and ambiguous relationship between the self and the Other… While we are comfortable to separate our personal reality from that which threatens us, no one is a spectator of humanity, and no one is absolved of it. I believe that personal evolution and emotional unrest are the truest aspects of humanity, however terrifying and ecstatic, and that the obscurity of the psyche remains the most fascinating subject. For this reason, along with a morbid curiosity for the esoteric, I am intent on investigating the liminal space that exists between the (false) dichotomies good and evil, predator and prey, and beauty and the grotesque.”
Thipphawong is a graduate and medal winner from OCAD University, with a degree in Visual and Critical Studies, an interdisciplinary program that reflected her process of combining art making with intensive academic research. She is represented by Coldstream Fine Art in Toronto.