Laura Dalzell (she/her) is a San Francisco-based artist and arts educator.  Dalzell’s work follows a path through the psyche. Focusing on mostly fellow queer, and fellow recovering alcoholic and addict friends, she narrows in on their often bold-but-tender personalities. Each painting is a psychological collage. Separate spaces, painted in starkly different styles, represent the subject’s varied reactions to day-to-day life. Oftentimes, the same subject (foliage, or the sky, or the figure’s skin) will be painted in several styles throughout the piece. Smooth, cloudy moments represent the “mundane” nature of well-balanced mental health. Sensationalized–but ominous–moments of neon, or rich sparkly glints show moments of painfully bright excitement, and their fleeting nature. Stricter line work and gritty texture show reality biting in, the human experience for mentally ill folks: isolation, rumination, insecurities, sometimes doom and gloom. Overall, juxtapositions within each painting show her subject’s non-linear path to creating an inner world: brimming with coping mechanisms, conversations with spirituality, and the crawl toward personality and character development. Nuances and breaks show deviations from the path – necessary for growth.

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EDUCATION

2020-present Pursuing Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Visual Arts and M.Ed., San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
2015 BFA in Studio Art, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Children
Gallerium Art
Biafarin Online Exhibition

2021
Psychedelic Candy
Evolved SF
San Francisco, CA

2020
Inner Worlds: A Collection of Paintings and Sculptures by Laura Dalzell and Bridget Stagnitto
Cafe International
San Francisco, CA

2019
Bullfight Projection: in honor of Martin Esteves
1599 Tennessee
San Francisco, CA

2019
DADDY DON'T GO
Adeline's Lab
Berkeley, CA

2018
Pawesomeness
The Loin
San Francisco, CA

2018
Lemurian Jumpstart at the Base of Mt. Shasta
1599 Tennessee
San Francisco, CA

2016
WEIRD SHRINE: A Group Show
The Loin
San Francisco, CA

2016
Trap x Art presents Beyonce Tribute
111 Minna Gallery
San Francisco, CA

2016
Surrealism featuring Clyde Always
Cafe International
San Francisco, CA

2016
Raw Artists presents FUTURES
1015 Folsom
San Francisco, CA

2015
EXIT: Annual BFA Show

Cal Poly University Art Gallery
San Luis Obispo, CA

2015
Annual Juried Student Show

Cal Poly University Art Gallery
San Luis Obispo, CA

2014
Collective Show

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
San Luis Obispo, CA

2012
Annual Juried Student Show

Cal Poly University Art Gallery
San Luis Obispo, CA

EXPERIENCE

2020-present
Visual Arts Enrichment Teacher
2019-2020
GL8 Art Teaching Assistant
Mission Preparatory School
San Francisco, CA

2018-19 
Administrative Coordinator/ Finance Assistant
Connect Art International
San Francisco, CA

2018
Curator's Assistant
Lemurian Jumpstart at the Base of Mt. Shasta
1599 Tennessee
San Francisco, CA

2014
Curator's Assistant
Collective Show
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art 
San Luis Obispo, CA

2014
Artists’ Assistant
CRAVE featuring DIANA PUNTAR 
Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art 
Santa Barbara, CA

2014 June through August
2012 June through September
Apprentice
Artstart 
Santa Rosa, CA

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