|Laura J. Compton||
Title: Zebra Kitty
Size: 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 4"
Zebra Kitty is one work in a series of pink and black ceramic cats. They are all life-size and shaped quite realistically while their surface patterns are stripes, polka-dots, checkerboards, etc. Compton finds sculpting clay by hand or simple tools very enjoyable and appreciates the forgiving quality of clay -- if you carve off too much, you just add a bit back on.
She received her BA in Studio Art from Arizona State University, Tempe. Her work is in private collections in Arizona, Australia, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington. It has also been published in The Arizona Republic, The New Times of Fountain Hills and Rio Verde Arizona, Woman Image Now, Arizona Women in Art 1989-1990, Channel 8 News, State Press, and Berkshire Green and Grey.
Her selected exhibitions include: Pet Art 4 (Auction), a project of PAWS/LA, West Hollywood, CA, 2002; Arizona Room, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, 2002; Open Studio Tour (in conjunction with opening of the ASU Ceramic Research Center), Luehrsen Studio, Tempe, AZ (one of five locations), 2002; Third Annual Artists for Autism, LaPosada Resort, Scottsdale, AZ, 2000; Cats and Dragons, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR, 2000; 2nd Annual Artists for Autism, Cajun House, Scottsdale, AZ, 1999; Me and My Cat, Bentley College Art Gallery, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1998; Creature Feature, Galeria Mesa, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona (Juror's Award), 1997; Arizona Women's Caucus for Art Exhibit '93, Scottsdale Community College Art Building, Scottsdale, 1993; Annual Woman Image Now Exhibition, Harry Wood Art Gallery, ASU, Tempe, 1992, '89, '87 and '86; W.I.N. Hayden Library Series I, Hayden Library, ASU, Tempe, 1992; Black and White and Read All Over, Arizona Museum for Youth, Mesa, 1992; Under Southwestern Skies: 1991 Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sangre de Cristo Art & Conference Center, Pueblo, Colorado, 1991; But Does It Fly?, Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, 1991; It's Raining Cats and Dogs, Arizona Museum for Youth, Mesa, 1989; WIN for WIN Exhibition, Caf' Casino Art Gallery, Scottsdale, 1989; and Day of the Dead, University Art Gallery, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, 1985.