M.E. Laursen, a born 'n raised Texan, is an artist, independent curator, + consultant, and community organizer living in Austin, TX. Previously the Associate Director & Curator at Pump Project, she now contributes to several arts organizations in areas of communications, marketing, and community engagement. Since receiving her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she has focused on leadership development, team communication, and development in various fields. Her experience has reinforced her commitment to advocating for programs and space at the intersection of artists and the community. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. During her free time, she volunteers and work-trades for organizations she aligns with. 

"My work concerns the exploration and representation of self in time and space. I use a combination of found materials, recycled detritus, and hand-me-downs which trigger nostalgic movements and responses within my body. By associating objects together formally, manipulating them or reducing them, I am able to understand, appreciate or poke at their symbolism in a changing present." - M.E. Laursen