Laura Caron

Original Medium: Mixed Media

“Silent Pulse” (above)
Location of box art: 12th & P Streets


Artist Statement

My paintings have numerous layers both physically and figuratively. The original mixed media painting was created with the intention of portraying the vast underlying pulse of life.   The world as we know it continues to evolve based on our symbiotic relationship with both the physical and spiritual world.

For the utility box, I wanted to expand on this theme. The bee is an ancient mythological creature that traditionally symbolizes the bridge between the physical world and the unseen world. Since 2010, scientists say that nearly one third of the bee colonies in the U.S. have disappeared. This is an alarming development in which we cannot ignore.

“The Gift of the Dream” (below, click image to enlarge)
Location of box art: 5th and Capitol


Artist Statement

These images seem to have a dream like quality. I incorporated photos of many of the architectural elements of the Capitol building. I wanted to depict the formalism of these beautifully crafted areas and transform them with a sense of fantasy. My figures were created with an almost sculptural feel, inspired by the many sculptures on the property.

“Silent Pulse” and “The Gift of the Dream” were my first attempt at digital art. I created the art using images of my original drawings and paintings that were then photographed or scanned and placed in Photoshop. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and although I believe I am quite slow in the process, I look forward to my next digital art project.