My current artworks are digital paintings inspired by The Fisherman And His Wife.
The Fisherman And His Wife collected by The Brothers Grimm has been a story I have used in my work. The themes, symbolism, lessons and allegories have continued to fascinate me. Aside from the obvious ‘Adam and Eve’ parallel (with unusual twists) the idea of greed turning in on itself and going full circle back to the beginning of the story is quite genius. There are also so many colourful details including the changing description of the sea upon each visit…so much to offer a visual artist.
I made a multi-media installation back in the mid-nineties depicting different moments of importance in the story. Over the years I have on occasion returned to it and found myself once again drawn to the images and story.
Laura Kerr is an award-winning Canadian visual artist and poet. In 2012, she was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her art & continued contributions to art education. She is co-owner of Paradise art, an art school in Winnipeg, Manitoba specializing in classical and contemporary art education where she has taught both youth and adults for over 25 years.
Throughout her career, Laura has had a deep interest in merging digital technology with traditional mediums. As technologies have advanced so has the degree to which those mediums have merged in her work. This has resulted in her journey into visual poetry which seeks to develop a new language of expression that advances our understanding of our relationships with technology in a way that does not subsume the brilliance of our analog expression.
These generative images are a mix media of painting, drawing and digital photography. Laura deploys a variety of digital techniques and technologies in experimental ways allowing her to leverage their particular strengths but through their combination ensures the artists hand is directing the work and not the software itself. These digital mediums and the process she employs allows for unexpected new outcomes through “mad art/technology experiments”. Twitter: @LauraKerrArt
Banner: An excerpt from panel 5 of The Fisherman and His Wife (c) Laura Kerr 2022 chosen by Robert Frede Kenter. Twitter:@frede_kenter. IG: r.f.k.vispocityshuffle, icefloe22, Mastodon: https://zirk.us/@RobertFredeKenter.