You probably know Laura Amy Robinson Hanlan as Gordon Library’s energetic research and instruction librarian, teaching students to creatively use Gordon Library’s resources in their work. This term’s exhibition in the Class of 1941 Gallery on Level Three of Gordon Library, Meet Me in the Multiverse, shows another side of Laura—an artist who translates places she has visited, experiences she has had, and emotions she has felt—into vibrant paintings. Laura describes her painting this way:
Painting bright colors, dots, and swirls is soothing to me, just as sorting, playing with, and making jewelry with beads was when I was a kid. The colors and designs create themselves when I am in a flow. Making pictures is also about moving some strong emotions out of my head to put them somewhere else. My process is a bit like Professor Dumbledore using his “pensieve” to take some thoughts out of his head so that he can make room for more. Even though I paint abstractions, most of my pictures are inspired by intense experiences I have had, beautiful spaces I have visited,and amazing moments I have shared with family and friends.
Stop by and enjoy the art and artist at a reception on Wednesday, December 2, from noon to 1 p.m. The show will run through January 8, 2016.