I use painting to poetically explore the natural world, it's phenomena, and to approximate something of the wonder of it. I think about this subjective investigation in relation to the multiplicity of places surrounding me but also to the world within.

A painting, or series of paintings, begins with asking questions.

The painting that follows is the result of a conversing within a process of making. For me this is an unpredictable shifting process of understanding and coming-into-being that can only be arrived at through a physical engagement with materials.

I paint in watercolour, often large. Big enough to engage the body with it's encounter and creation. I like to use watercolour in unexpected and unconventional ways. Properties of natural phenomena (water, gravity, light) are part of making and valuable creative forces to reckon with - push water out of the way and it pushes right back.

Imagery for my paintings stem from direct experience. Content is something seen, thought, felt, dreamed of, which is then recreated through my studio processes. My desire for these images to become paintings develops over time, slowly. Out of a need to explore the edges and dimensions of the subject - a way to pay attention to what is present and ever changing. 



Laura Madera received her BFA from Emily Carr University, BC and an MFA from the University of Guelph, ON. Her practice explores the potential of watercolour as a means to subjectively investigate phenomena within a contemporary context. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Evans Contemporary in Peterborough ON, Monastiraki in Montreal QC, The Bakery on Franklin in Vancouver BC and is held in private collections across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She was named as one of Canada’s most promising emerging painters by the Magenta Foundation. Born in Toronto, she currently lives in Peterborough, ON. She is a recent recipient of an Emerging Artist Production grant from the Ontario Arts Council and served as a member of the Board of Directors at Artspace.