Laurie Fader brings a fascination for the chaos of landscape and its potential for order. How can one respond with touch, sensation and intuition to a particular place while striving for an order that has a classical tradition? How can painting the landscape be relevant when the land itself is being carved up and polluted while our culture devalues natural life that is spiritually and environmentally essential for our preservation? These are issues that remain at the core of her work.
The artist's absorption in the delicate transitions of light as it changes and reveals form through paint and the transformation of brushstroke to specific sensation is an act of defiance. It's like prayer in a noisy stadium, or stopping to pet a purring cat in the middle of a demanding schedule. It is quiet praise for the power and beauty of nature, even in its most ordinary places.
Laurie Fader has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Assistance Grant, an artist's residency in Rochefort en Terre, France, a painting fellowship in Haiti and the Helen W. Winternitz Award for excellence in painting from Yale University. She lived in New York City for 26 years where she taught at Pratt Institute and now resides in Baltimore and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has shown widely, including one person shows 55 Mercer and The Painting Center in New York. Fader has been reviewed in the New York Times and American Artist Magazine.