June 2013 Artwork installed as part of Art in Public Places, City of Santa Fe Convention Center
June 2013 Two Pieces selected for Gallatin Art in Public Places Project, Bozeman, MT
June 2013 Featured in Santa Fean magazine Artists Issue
"This current series in bronze is based on the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio. This is a naturally occurring phenomena, illustrations of which can be found in such things as sunflowers and pine cones, in the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants and of veins in leaves, the proportions of chemical compounds and the geometry of crystals, and even the human body. It is a fundamental principle of nature, and in using this ratio in my work, I bring my sculpture into alignment with nature, designing geometric solids that incorporate this literal geometry, and repeat the solids in a fractal sense, automatically creating shapes that have a resonance with nature. My intention is to bring the artist and viewer into a deeper relationship with that great sense of connection with the creative force of the universe, by imitating its essential physical manifestations."
My sculptures and water features in cast bronze or welded steel consist of simple geometric components that together form more complex organic shapes. The work speaks as artifact and talisman, resonating primal familiarity.
Born in the Far East to Christian missionary parents, I have deep spiritual influences from both Eastern and Western traditions that impact my work in profound ways. I spent my youth in Montana, currently live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and am influenced by the natural beauty and rhythm around me.
I draw inspiration from the realms of sacred geometry and spirituality, music and science and express those influences in a contemporary art context. Elements of natural growth patterns combine with philosophy and practice of new spatialism, abstract expressionism, and minimalism. Through repetition of the hard edged geometric shapes, evolves a natural flow and graceful movement. I seek to strike a balance and elegant interplay between positive and negative, technology and nature, and a simultaneous sense of order and chaos.
Creative intuition as well as the physical process of creation are subjects of my work and my sculptures allow that process to reveal itself in the finished work.The biomorphic system warms the starker aesthetic of minimalism with a very human touch, and the hand of the artist is important to the finished work.
The act of making art has become a spiritual practice and meditation for me, and is intended as a tool of introspection and a mandala for the viewer.
I've been an active member of the Santa Fe, New Mexico art community for many years and have an extensive sculpture foundry background. In the last twenty-five years I've worked on the sculpture of such notable and diverse artists as Bruce Nauman, Kiki Smith, Lesley Dill, Robert Graham, Frank Gehry, Daisy Youngblood, Maya Lin, Juan Munoz, Valeska Soares, Terry Allen, Allan Houser, Roxanne Swentzel, and many others. I find that the influence of other artists stimulates my growth as an artist and the experience of being involved in the creative process of others has helped hone my own artistic sensibilities and informed my sense of the creative journey.
2013 Work chosen for Santa Fe Art in Public Places display, Santa Fe
Laird's work on the cover of Ecosource - Winter issue