Laurie Crino, Mixed Media
My work consists of mixed media pieces that range from unique book structures, treasure boxes and small art that can hang on the wall or rest on a surface. Though mainly self-taught, over the past 20 years I’ve taken classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and from established artists in the Southeast. My creative journey began when friends would ask me to create something for them for special occasions. While that still happens, what motivates me to create is the joy I find in the process and the surprise of it – since how a project evolves is almost never what I thought it would look like when I started!
My art embraces varied themes based on a feeling, inspiration or recurring memory that I sense is connected to universal human experience. I use my own paper substrates including paste paper, marbled tissue, and abstract watercolors, while incorporating photographs, fiber, fabric, polymer clay, natural elements, metal and other materials into the finished pieces. Each work integrates original poetry either as a prominent or subtle/hidden feature in the finished piece.
The magic of the creative process is what motivates me to continue exploring the integration of ideas into something tangible that can be enjoyed visually. It’s incredibly satisfying to move from a concept to a finished piece that touches that deep place we all have where hope, longing, and love reside.