Summer Residencies and Programs: Laurie Hogin
Laurie Hogin is Professor and current Chair of the Painting and Sculpture Program in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has taught since 1997. She received her BFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she also studied cultural anthropology, in 1985 and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989. Best known for her allegorical paintings of mutant plants and animals in languishing, overgrown landscapes, Hogin’s interests include examining human impulses, desires, and needs, including pleasure, intoxication, addiction, the erotic, totem, violence, greed, grief, and love. These aspects of human experience and identity, resultant of the interplay of evolutionary biology and culture, find expression in the history of visual culture, and in the nearly schizoid array of contemporary material culture. Hogin combines elements from the history of painting, natural history, scientific and retail display, pornography, fashion photography and other visual conventions, with narrative allegory, often describing political, social, economic, and emotional phenomena.
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