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 'Transcendence' taking shape and seeming to draw her into 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" .

LAURA MEDDENS WAS AT KUNSTMARKT @ ART PLEIN SPUI 

Laura was one of 25 artists chosen to be part of this week’s rotation at the Art Plein Spui in Amsterdam

For our friends outside of the Netherlands, here’s a bit of background:

Located in the scenic center of Amsterdam, the Spui Art Market (Art Plein Spui) is situated south of historic Dam Square and the Royal Palace, between Spuistraat and Rokin, right down the street from the Begijnhof and the city’s Historical Museum.

This particular market is one of the best places in the Netherlands to get fantastic artwork at affordable prices. Every Sunday people flock to this union of tents to find work done by their favorite creators.

The Spui Art Market is open every Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm from March to December and features artwork by members of the Stitchting Amsterdam International Artists (SAIA).

While there are 60 members, you will only see work from 25 of them on any given Sunday. This constant rotation of artists present at the market, along with the constant influx of new work makes the Spui Art Market worth visiting over and over again.

If you’re traveling to Amsterdam at some point, here are some photos that will give you a quick orientation on how to find it and what it looks like.

An aerial view of Art Plein Spui in Amsterdam.
A closer aerial view of Art Plein Spui.in Amsterdam.
A closer aerial view of Art Plein Spui looking East in Amsterdam.

LAURA MEDDENS LIVE FROM NYC ON FACEBOOK LIVE

On OCTOBER 18, 2018  at 11 AM EDT | 8 AM PDT | 17:00 CET,  Laura Meddens was a guest on Insight Radio with Mark Farrell.

Among many things, Laura talked about what motivated her to begin painting after losing her sight.

Laura has appeared on Mark’s program before via Skype, but this time she was live in the studio in the Big Apple before heading to the Elton John farewell concert at Madison Square Gardens in the evening.

The interview streamed live on Facebook at 11AM EDT | 17:00 CET on The Progressive Radio Network and we’ve embedded it below.

Mark is a great host, and lives with visual impairment. He is also a well-known vocal advocate for preventing addiction, bullying and suicide and is frequently booked to present Keynotes and workshops at schools and businesses, as well as emceeing events across the country. You can learn more about Mark at http://markfarrellmotivation.com.

And below, you can view the initial release of some new works by Laura in time for the radio interview.

One correction from the interview: When Mark called-up the painting “Transcendence”, the operator actually put up “Major Tom”, which is the vertical perspective of the work “Extreme Obligations. We’ve post them side by side below the video so you can see the correct painting.

We’ve also re-edited the video to save you the long wait before Laura’s segment and also to do some reduction on the background electronic hum that was prevalent on the original broadcast, We hope you enjoy it.

Laura sends a big THANK YOU to Mark for having her on his program, and to her dear friends Jan and Rick for getting her there before they treated her to the Sir Elton John farewell concert in New York City!

Transcendence. SOme people see two wings of a butterly, one yellow and the other orange. Another person saw the headdress of a tribal chieftain with his left hand covering his left eye, and his right eye looking out at the environmental destruction around him and his people. Everyone has their own depth of perception.
Major Tom. This is the horizontal perspective of "Extreme Obligations". Some people see an astronaut with a helmet on sitting on an asteroid out in the blackness of space with shades of blue and white making up the asteroid.
Image Description: Laura's Facebook Module frames a photo of Mark Farrell in the studio, and a photo of Laura standing beside her painting "Tropical Splash" at an exhibition. Both photos are set against a backdrop photo of the New York City skyline with the Empire State Building in the foreground.
New painting Balance which shows tringulated forms of green and white on one canvas intersection with yellow forms from a second canvas.
New work Blue Angel shows a blue form with multiple colors near the bottom in front of a pink background with tactile lines forming what appear to be wings.
Image: Laura's painting Geerland, a multi-colored floral work set against a black canvas.
Geisha looks like an silk fabric tapestry from the Far East with delicate branches with golden buds set against a red background.
Indian Summer features vibrant swoops and swirls of paint with orange and ivory and white flanking a diagonal section of violet and blue flowers.
Look Twice features tactile lines of paint outlines in which people see many faces, set against a white background.
Terra Nova looks like the Earth as though it was landing in the middle of an ocean somewhere.
Tranquility looks like a favorite part of a backyard garden with multiple colors of flowers and foliage.
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. This is the horizontal perspective of "Extreme Obligations". Some people see an astronaut with a helmet on sitting on an asteroid out in the blackness of space with shades of blue and white making up the asteroid.
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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