Photo above courtesy of Fort Gansevoort Gallery
About Nothing and Everything All At Once, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches
“Laurel Shear is a painter unafraid of pink and all that the color implies. Furious fuchsias and glimmering blushes are a signature of her oeuvre. At nearly six-feet tall, the former competitive cheerleader uses her work to issue a confrontational— though deeply personal— challenge to the society that created such a girl.
Shear’s feminism is unusual in that she does not reject the anemic images and commodity-driven dreams that girls in American culture are raised on. Instead she nourishes them. Giving voice to Forced Maternity and All The Unmarried Girls, Shear subtly shifts the focus to culturally unbecoming aspects of womanhood: need, pain, flesh and loss.” - Source