M.E. Laursen, a Texas native, is an artist/advocate, independent curator, and community organizer living in Austin, TX. She was previously the Associate Director & Curator at Pump Project, an artist-run non-profit that provides exhibition, professional development and studio space to emerging and established artists. Since receiving her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she has worked as a community organizer and fundraising advocate in various fields. Her experience has reinforced her commitment to advocating for programs and space at the intersection of artists and community. During her free time she volunteers and work trades for organizations she aligns with.
"My work concerns the exploration and representation of memory and self in time and space. I use found materials and detritus of hand-me-downs to trigger nostalgic movements and responses within my body. Beginning as a documented interaction with the objects, my practice continues by displaying the residual object in an ephemeral state. By associating objects together formally, manipulating and reducing them, I am able to understand, appreciate or poke at their symbolism in a changing present." - M.E. Laursen