Laura Splan is a transdisciplinary artist whose work intersects science, technology, design, and craft. Her conceptually-based approach mines the materiality of biotechnology to reveal poetic subjectivities, hidden systems, and invisible labor. Her mixed media projects destabilize notions of the presence and absence of bodies evoking the mutability of categories that delineate their status. Her work compels an intimate engagement with detail calling into question how things are made and what they are made of. She reconsiders perceptions and representations of the corporeal with a range of traditional and new media techniques and often combines the quotidian with the unfamiliar to interrogate cultural constructions of self and other. Her uncanny combinations of materials and processes with technology challenge values of “the hand” in creative production and question notions of agency and chance in aesthetics.
Splan's work has been commissioned by The Centers for Disease Control Foundation and has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts & Design and Beall Center for Art + Technology. Her data-driven artworks are represented in the collections of the Thoma Art Foundation, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the NYU Langone Art Collection. Reviews and articles including her work have appeared in The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Frieze. She is currently a Creative Experiments track member at NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator.