Laurel McMechan’s work is inspired by a simultaneous experience of the worlds we make inside our heads and the exterior physical world and community we occupy with our bodies.

Informed by collage and cubist strategies, her process is a mixture of abstraction and working from observation to create invented landscapes, rooted in memories of places and experiences, providing simultaneous viewpoints and disruption of scale. The imagery begins as collaged photographs, which are next reinterpreted as drawings. The drawings are then formed into crumpled, dimpled dioramas of mountainous landforms. Finally, she creates a series of paintings from the still life diorama. Her process mediates imagery through photography, memory, drawing, collage and painting.

A nationally exhibited artist originally hailing from Colorado, Laurel McMechan has been an artist in residence at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Colony and Vermont Studio Center. Her work was most recently on exhibit in Salida, Colorado, and also resides in private and public collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Richmond Museums. She has taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and University of Massachusetts Lowell, and currently teaches at the University of Denver.