Laura Gurton’s paintings evolve from a refined process that balances chance and control. The artist’s method, refined over many years, makes use of both oil paint and resin. Because the interactions of these two media are complex and sometimes difficult to predict, Gurton’s way of working requires a deft touch and an acute sense of timing.
The resulting images are composed of multiple layers of translucent glazes, imparting levels of depth and revealing patterns analogous to microscopic cellular forms. With the addition of each layer, these forms begin to overlap, evoking a passage of time. Biomorphic shapes reminiscent of visual information gleaned from x-rays, CT scans, and electron microscopes float across the surface of the artist’s canvases. Gurton states that her work reflects her admiration for all scientific investigations.