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“Les Fleurs Du (Grand) Mal,” Unveiled

By Lotta Goldreiter

The American artist Laura Honse unveils a new work of art by inviting the public for an afternoon at her home. The new work, “Les Fleurs Du (Grand) Mal,” a collage on canvas 150 cm x 75 cm, speaks of her life journey through various countries. Born in the USA, Laura left at two months of age for Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, and the Bahamas. Her entire schooling was spent in Brazil, and then she returned to the US at 17 to study art at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA. After a spell in New York, San Francisco, and Barcelona, she lived for 20 years in Germany, where she eventually opened her Gallery Atomic Salon.

Laura Honse Opening
Sat, May 9, 2-6pm
Cuesta de San José 42
Please use back door (red) around the corner on San Marcos

The title of this new collage is based on the work of Baudelaire but is also a word play on the grand mal seizures occurring during epilepsy. An autobiographical, therapeutic work in which paradise and hell, the grotesque and the beautiful, war and love coexist side by side, speaks also of a certain schizophrenia often acquired when having had since infancy to adjust so often to new cultures, customs, landscapes, and languages. Comprised of various materials, including packaging from a box of rice flour and a can of tuna fish, paint, and even scraps of paper found on the street, this intricate collage must be studied from up close to discover subtle images and text. Alongside this collage, other recent collage work, photography, painting, and decoupage work will be exhibited on two floors. The artist will be available to answer questions about her work and to offer you a relaxing afternoon with wine and appetizers.

Laura relocated to Mexico four years ago and now resides in San Miguel de Allende. She has exhibited internationally and the end of this May she will hold a one-woman show at Instituto Cultural de León, “Paradise Lost,” which was exhibited at El Nigromante Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende last year. Laura Honse tel: 415 119-0405,


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