Education2003 BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY1998, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland ORSelected Exhibitions2018 Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA2016 Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA2015 Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA2015 The Slaughterhouse, Healdsburg, CA2014 Jeff Alan Gard Gallery, San Francisco, CA2013 Perdita Productions, Geyserville, CA2010 Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NMSelected Group Exhibitions2019, Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, CA, à la prochaine2019 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA Here!2017 Sonoma Valley Museum, Sonoma, CA, Pairings2017 SFAC, San Francisco, CA, Not Alone2016 Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Into the Woods2016 Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA, Sunny2015 Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, CA, Here!2011 Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA, EVA 2006 Hang Art, San Francisco, CA, WishAwards / Invitations2011 visiting artist AICAD's NY Studio DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY2010 Community Foundation Sonoma Emerging Artist2001 Gelman Travel and Study Grant for Art and Design Award2000 Buckley Endowed Grant for Scholastic Achievement
Laine was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1981, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Designated a troubled teen, she was sent to CEDU, a WWASP boarding school, and is a survivor of ‘tough love education’. She studied life drawing at Pacific Northwest College of Art, then painting and sculpture at Pratt Institute School of Fine Arts, Brooklyn, and Lucca, Italy, graduating with a BFA in painting in 2003. Her work has been exhibited both individually and in group exhibitions, at Sonoma Valley Museum, SFAC, Fouladi Projects, and most recently, Gallery Lulo and Jules Maeght Gallery. Laine and her husband live in Northern California with their pug Bernie.
My favorite word of the moment is pareidolia: the tendency to perceive specific, often meaningful images in a random or ambiguous visual pattern—finding shapes in clouds with your best friend, or saying hello to the man in the moon. Bright moments, and the vast tangle of darkness and chaos, provide opportunities for exploration and discovery, and the observation that life is delicate, nuanced, and changeable. Asking "what do I see?" is a simple question with endless answers.
I make oil paintings dense with detail and tactile qualities such as mini mosaic, gold leaf, and raw pigment; 60 foot long line drawings on mulberry scrolls using markers, dye, and batik techniques; collages of recycled paper and fabric; large watercolors; graphite drawings; accordion books; illuminated manuscripts and stories for children; murals; and small sculptures. I love making marks and asking myself, “what do I see now? how many creatures are in there?”
My most recent exhibition ANIMAL ANIMAL ANIMAL! at Gallery Lulo in Heladsburg, CA, featured 8 oil paintings, one sixty foot mechanical scroll, an accordion book, and various gestural works on paper.