Laura Krifka

Gallery Affiliations: CB1 Gallery

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: ventura , CA

My practice is a mutation of historical propaganda, religious morality, and fetishes of Americana, magnified to form a disturbing world that reflects the oddity of our own. I am interested in the creation of America as a folk symbol and as a constantly evolving fantasy. In particular, I am fascinated by the seduction and terror of American mythology and its relationship to the sublime, as well as how the aftershocks of manifest destiny influence our perception of ourselves. My paintings show a world of saccharine sweet colors and duplicitous landscapes, populated with naive and innocent figures acting out their own legend, blind to the dangers around them or those that exist within themselves. In my work, the fantasies and clichés of our own world combine and breed, creating a hyperbolic landscape populated by a society lost in their own myth.