Laura Swanson, Digital + Media MFA 2011
Thayle & Laura and Young Americans
Laura Swanson has a strong attraction towards iconic images, specifically political, religious and court portraiture of kings and queens. By inserting members of her family and herself in these roles, she is concerned with the likelihood that the viewer's perceptions about portraiture changes - especially with regard to the implied relationship of subjects in diptychs. What is her relationship to the figures she is placed next to? Is it a surprise for the viewer to find out that they are loved ones of hers? Why is it so surprising?