Changarrito with Laura: Instagram Takeover

Jul. 1, 2022

Jul. 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm Jul. 31, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Laura Clay outside Mexic-Arte with the changarrito cart
Laura Clay, VOCABLO 36” x 36”, Acrylic on Canvas, 2019

About the Artist

Laura Clay is a Mexican-American abstract artist, having lived both in the United States and Mexico throughout her life. With this constant travel, she has had the opportunity to encounter and embrace many different lifestyles, contradictory beliefs and artistic influences. Laura Clay states that Mexico has given her tradition, history, and passion. The United States has provided structure, technique, and personal ambition. From Mexico, she has come to value community and family, from the United States, self-reliance. She has never felt the need to make a choice between cultures, she has learned to embrace the plurality of perspectives and this plurality colors all her aspirations and goals, especially those that relate to her art.

It is her desire to integrate in her paintings these personal contradictory and complimentary expressions. As with her Mexican-American heritage, she does not seek to resolve these issues in her paintings, on the contrary, to paint her multiplicity of truths.

Travel and the pursuit for creation have been constants in her life. She has “translated” these travels and studies into large-scale canvas paintings, with an abstract focus on color and movement as well as small detailed ink drawings.

As an artist it is her goal to not only discover a better “interpretation” for her artistic expression, but develop her own unique artistic language.

“Looking at my paintings is like magnifying the corridors of my imagination and emotions. They show the vulnerable link between brain and hand, the struggle between planned and flowing subconscious. There is a constant battle between dream and reality, organic vs. geometric -expressed in vibrant colors on large-scale canvases. 

Although my artwork is abstract, it depicts my personal struggles as an everyday Hispanic, American, Female and youth of this generation. The only way I know how to fully express this is through variation of brush strokes, opacity and color range.”

Changarrito cart July 16-17 and 23-24

Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale.

Laura Clay featured her artwork on the Changarrito cart outside the Museum’s entrance on July 16-17 and 23-24, 2022.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase and behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.

Changarrito Instagram Live Interview on Thursday, July 28

You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarrito Instagram Live event with Artist Laura Clay on Thursday, April 28th from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm CST taking place virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event. 

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