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Laurel Burch by Lauren Whaley

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Transcript of Laurel Burch by Lauren Whaley

Laurel Burch
the early
years........ Artwork #3 My Favorite Quote of
Laurel Burch Artwork #4 Getting Her
Start by Lauren Whaley Artist
Laurel Burch Artist Laurel Burch was a 1960s flower child who was drawn by her spirit and designs. She was born in 1945 in Southern California with osteoporosis which is a rare bone disease. She left home at age14 with her clothes in a paper bag, with no money, no job, or dreams for San Francisco, CA. In order to earn her have room and board, she cleaned houses and baby sat. She began making jewelry for herself out of bones, old coins, and beads made into necklaces and earrings, and set up her shop in her garage. Since she felt disconnected as a young adult, her jewelry made her feel as if she belonged. People walking along the street were fascinated by her creations which became connections to friendships and customers. She began giving her pieces away to friends, trading them, and selling them. Since she felt disconnected as a young adult, her jewelry made her feel as if she belonged. People walking along the street were fascinated by her creations which became connections to friendships and customers. She began giving her pieces away to friends, trading them, and selling them. Laurel taught herself how to paint and began her career selling her art on the streets of San Francisco. At 20 years old, she was a divorced mother and sold her art to provide for her two children She would find metal in garbage and junkyards and would hammer it out using frying pans She thought of herself as a story- teller folk artist. She felt that in the fast paced world in which we live we needed symbols to remind us of our spirit. In the 1970s, she took her jewelry to China which was where her empire took off. She started designing earrings and necklaces, then came the coffee mugs, sweatshirts, posters, and scarves. Her images became a cultural icon. China Folk Artist Laurel's Empire As her business grew, she had to supervise 400 employees, an office building, and numerous warehouses in various cities. So in 1995, she sold her properties so she could focus on artwork and instead of running the huge business, she began licensing the products. Her items are sold throughout the world. When Laurel was diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 7, she reacted by forming a place inside herself that was "happy, colorful, beautiful and safe."

When Laurel was bedridden due to her sickness, she had to paint from her bed or wheelchair. People said that she rarely put her paint brushes down.

The subject of healing was always close to her heart and she thought that being physically weak was a great advantage in terms of human wisdom.

She even thought of her bone disease as a gift. The images she painted brought about a sense of passion, joy and brightness.

Her colors exploded showing her inner strength in her paintings with their whimsical shapes and magical beauty. Living with Osteoporosis
Since she was 7 years old “I refuse to have anything
in my life that I can’t turn
around into something
magical and beautiful.
I just refuse.” Artwork #1 Title: Cat Family
Date: 1997
Media: Paintings, Prints, Ceramics, Jewelry, Clothing
Size: Various
Location: Can purchase worldwide
URL: http://www.laurelburch.com/ Artwork #2 Title: Dogs and Cats
Date: 1983
Media: Paintings, Prints, Ceramics, Jewelry, Clothing
Size: Various
Location: Can purchase worldwide
URL: http://www.laurelburch.com/ Title: Mermaid
Date: 2002
Media: Paintings, Prints, Ceramics, Jewelry, Clothing
Size: Various
Location: Can purchase worldwide
URL: http://www.laurelburch.com/ Front Back Title: Soul and Tears
Date: 1998
Media: Paintings, Prints, Ceramics, Jewelry, Clothing
Size: Various
Location: Can purchase worldwide
URL: http://www.laurelburch.com/ Artwork #5 Title: Flowering Felines
Date: 1996
Media: Paintings, Prints, Ceramics, Jewelry, Clothing
Size: Various
Location: Can purchase worldwide
URL: http://www.laurelburch.com/ Laurel died from complications with osteoporosis on September 13, 2007 in Terra Linda, CA at the age of 61. Laurel wanted to pass
on the happiness of what
she saw. She invented the
images that became her
bridges to people.
" I just wanted to pass on
the joy of what I saw." Bibliography Burch, Laurel. "LaurelBurch.com | Home." LaurelBurch.com | Home. Laurel Burch, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.

Martin, Douglas, ed. "Laurel Burch, Artist, Dies at 61." The New York Times. N.p., 20 Sept. 2007. Web. 20 Apr. 2013.

Burch, Laurel. Fantastic Felines. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1997

Fink, Nancy. "Laurel Burch: Artist and Button Designer." - Bead&Button Magazine. N.p., 11 Dec. 2011. Web. 24 Apr. 2013. Criticism:

Subject Matter: The subject matter of this this work is a women who appears to be crying but has a seductive look about her.

Genre: The genre of this artwork is a portrait of woman from probably the 1960s.
Style and Form: The style of this portrait appears to be abstract art. The painting appears to be a “hippy women” of the women’s liberation time period.

Description: The woman has gold tears coming down her face. The artist used sharp lines when drawing her eyes, nose, lips, chin, and face. She also used pastel coloring with a black and tan pattern for her hair. The colors used for her hair piece are earth tones giving it an “earthy” touch. The lines and coloring emphasize the division of the woman’s face.

Interpretation: The artist, Laurel Burch, and the subject are/were hippie women. Maybe the painting is of the artist herself. The painting is a two faced woman, strong on one side, while crying on the other. Even her hair tries to cover up the side of her face that is crying because she is trying to hide possibly hide her weakness?

This work of art, in a way, persuades you to have a feeling of respect for women for being majestic, strong yet caring, and who loves nature and the earth. The art even gives a sense of sympathy for realizing all the women has gone through.

The birds on top of the lady’s head was the first thing that caught my attention. Even with this being a somewhat serious piece of art work, I like how Burch incorporated the coloring into the birds feathers. It’s a nice touch that lightens up the painting. Spirit of Womankind: Soul and Tears
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