Photo and graphic art image shows Laura Meddens with her arms and fingers extended as she paints through 'the eyes of the inner mind' through various shades of blue with the image of her painting 'Tango' taking shape in the imagery. Text reads: The Art of Laura Meddens. Amsterdam | Los Angeles.
The Art. Image:Laura's painting "Botanical Surge" is visibile on an easel while looking over Laura's shoulder from behind.
The Artist. Image: Photo of Laura working on a painting on her easel.
Blog. Image: Laura walks with her Seeing Eye Guide Dog Nugget on a street towards a sunset framed by trees.
Exhibitions. Image: Photo of painter Laura Meddens standing with her Seeing Eye guide dog Nugget in the center of her exhibition at the historic Amstelkerk in Amsterdam.
News. Image: Side view photo of Laura speaking with a microphone at the opening of her exhibition at the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam.
Video. Image: Video frame of Laura reaching out and touching her painting "Tropical Splash" .
MEDDENS. Spaarne Gasthuis 01 August 2018 to 31st of January 2019 at Haarlem Zuid Mezzanine, Boerhaavelaan 35, 2035 RC Haarlem. www.LauraMeddens.com | +31 61 46 96 853. Image: Mosaic of paintings by Laura Meddens.

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Laura is pleased to announce that a selection of her paintings is now on display in the Vide Central Hall at the Spaarne Gasthuis in South Haarlem in the Netherlands through to the 31st of January, 2019.

From Spaarne Gasthuis:

Tijdelijke exposities

Het Spaarne Gasthuis biedt een podium aan kunstenaars om tijdelijk hun kunst te presenteren. Deze kunst is vaak heel uiteenlopend, zowel qua techniek als qua stijl. Daardoor hangt of staat er steeds iets anders in het ziekenhuis.

Temporary exhibitions

The Spaarne Gasthuis offers a platform for artists to temporarily present their art. This art is often very diverse, both in terms of technique and style. As a result, something else is always hanging in the hospital.

For more information on the exhibition or the paintings, please send us an email.

Directions

You can download a PDF of directions to Spaarne Gasthuis.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition.

Images: A photo of Spaarne Gasthuis beside a map of directions.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES

A video exploration of what some observers see in the contemporary abstract paintings of Laura Meddens when viewed from changing perspectives. This is not meant to lead your own interpretations or conclusions, but merely to illustrate the remarkable hidden gems that emerge from Laura’s works when viewed from varying points of focus, lighting and perspectives. Let us know at our Facebook page what discoveries you make!

A portion of the painting "Major Tom" by Laura Meddens appears to show a tiny helmeted figure sitting on an asteroid in space.

Although these works were captured in fleeting moments in my mind’s eye, I invite you to linger over them to discover different shapes and textures that become apparent from different angles and in different light.

While I may have painted and named a work like Extreme Obligations in a vertical portrait format, a friend told me that if you view it in a horizontal landscape position, it could be called Major Tom, after the character in David Bowie’s Space Oddity, because of the tiny helmeted figure of a spaceman that can be seen stranded on an asteroid in space.

Similar descriptions from different people on different works leads me to invite you to view them from afar, up-close, and from different perspectives.

Some people see the cross-legged figure of Siddhartha, the birth name of the founder of Buddhism, and the title character in the Herman Hesse novel, in the painting Metamorphosis.

Others see the sad eye of a tribal chieftain wearing his colorful headdress in Transcendence, as he covers his left eye with his hand, perhaps mourning the loss of more Amazon rainforest.

While I can’t see the results of my work on these paintings, I can tell you what I saw in my mind’s eye as these incredible visualizations unfolded.
But that will be for when I meet you at an exhibition or in a publication, or TV program.

In the meantime, please view them with an open mind and without any expectations, and see what interpretations unfold in your mind’s eye.

I hope you enjoy them.
Laura

Hoewel deze werken op vluchtige momenten in mijn verbeelding werden vastgelegd, nodig ik je uit er langer bij stil te staan om de verschillende vormen en texturen te ontdekken die vanuit verschillende invalshoeken en in ander licht naar voren komen.

Een werk als Extreme Obligations heb ik in staand portretformaat geschilderd en de titel gegeven, maar een vriend vertelde mij dat als je het in de liggende positie van een landschap bekijkt, het ook wel Major Tom zou kunnen heten, naar het personage in Space Oddity van David Bowie, omdat het een kleine gehelmde figuur van een ruimtevaarder is die op een asteroïde in de ruimte is gestrand.

Door soortgelijke beschrijvingen van verschillende werken door verschillende mensen nodig ik je uit om ze van veraf, dichtbij en vanuit verschillende perspectieven te bekijken.

Sommigen zien in het omslagschilderij Metamorphosis de kleermakerszit van Siddhartha, de geboortenaam van de grondlegger van het boeddhisme, en het titelpersonage in de roman van Herman Hesse.

Anderen het droevige oog van een stamhoofd zien die zijn kleurrijke hoofdtooi in Transcendence draagt, wellicht treurend om het verlies van nog meer regenwoud in het Amazonegebied.

Hoewel ik de resultaten van mijn werk aan deze schilderijen niet kan zien, kan ik je wel vertellen wat ik in mijn gedachten zag toen deze ongelooflijke visualisaties zich ontvouwden. Maar dat bewaar ik voor als ik je op een tentoonstelling ontmoet of voor een andere publicatie.

Bekijk ze ondertussen met een open blik en zonder verwachtingen, en zie welke interpretaties zich in jouw verbeelding ontvouwen.

Ik hoop dat je ze leuk vindt.
Laura

RECENT WORKS

Laura has been busy creating new paintings, a few of which were featured at her Solo Exhibition in the historic Amstelkerk in Amsterdam from November, 2017 through to January 3rd, 2018.

We’ve added some previews below and you can see more on The Art page. Click on the image to open it in a larger window. Enquire about a painting here.

Tiger Moon.
Elsewhere. 4 piece work.
Metamorphosis
Blossoms.
Major Tom
New Scenes
Red Storm
Struggle
A Bridge To Yonder

VIDEO

Laura was born on the island of Curaçao, and grew-up in England and the Netherlands, so she speaks English, Dutch, German, Papiamentu and Spanish to varying degrees. The two introductory videos above are in English, and captioned Dutch. You can view them in a larger size, and see more videos on our Video page.

Laura Meddens on Insight Radio. Click to go to the interview.
About Laura Meddens. Laura experiences remarkable visualizations, inspired by many different sources. The paintings in this online gallery showcase her efforts to capture them in a moment in time, as they are always moving, for the eye of the beholder. Image: Photo by Lloyd Davies shows Laura and her chocolate lab guide dog Nugget, from the Seeing Eye, sitting in a boat on a canal in the Netherlands with lush green foliage in the background.
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