Laura Ball is a visual artist currently based out of San Diego, California. In this video, Ball explores the ways in which her work addresses the theme of our next issue: Myth. As one of our featured artists in this issue, as well as our cover artist, we have become uniquely acquainted with the work and the depth that springs from "this kernel of being human."
Ball is represented by David B. Smith Gallery (Denver) and Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York).
Artist Statement (2010)
"Within the subconscious, our faults and fears, shortcomings and struggles, manifest in corporeal form and appear in dreams either as monsters or as encounters that threaten our survival. We journey inward in these dreams, crossing the thresholds and boundaries of our mental landscape until we reach the core of the psyche. It is in this realm that life-saving and sustaining battles unfold, and the monsters we encounter change before us as the defnition of evil and good moves from black- and-white to shades of gray. The primal nature of our internal impulses and their dream-world expressions are given the freedom to unfold in a place where moral weight and the laws of physics are suspended, and acts of aggression, violence and sexuality serve as productive steps towards conquering our Jungian “shadow” and slaying the monsters that hold us back from a healthy progression in our daily lives."