Finding ‘Home’ in Laura Borneman’s Mixed Genre Work

There were three distinct bodies of work: A hundred or so miniature houses made from plaster and stacked precariously on top of each other; a large life-sized “shack” that one could actually walk into, but which was equally fragile; and small delicate wooden sticks, also reminiscent of small houses, that came off the wall. Standing before the various bodies of work I could not decide what I was looking at, but instead of being confused, I was excited: I had never seen someone so effectively succeed in insinuating the mediums of painting and sculpture onto and into one another. In Laura Borneman’s work, I felt, there was a sharp refutation of something that I had been hearing a lot of lately, that both painting and sculpture were “dead” genres of art. Even more impressive was the fact that

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