Friday, October 23, 2009

Tidbits | Laura Ferrara

Laura Ferrara's paintings are enchanting. 
There is such a  dreamlike, ethereal nature to her work.
I wanted to know a bit more about the artist behind the paintings,
so I asked her a few questions, little snippets and tidbits ...

Meet Laura Ferrara of Emerson's Bookcase

My time is spent painting, drawing and taking care of my children. 
My husband takes care of me! 
I work in a school bookstore to help out with the bills.

If you had to choose another profession, what would you do? 
I would love to be able to paint and make a living 
but if I couldn't do that then I would be a writer or a musician. 
If I could change my brain and make it mathematically inclined 
I would definitely be a physicist.

 If you could travel in time, past or future, where and when would you go? 
I would live in the first half of the twentieth century 
coming into my prime in the twenties, thirties and forties, 
primarily due to all the amazing art that was being created during that time 
but also because of the culmination of so many political and 
philosophical ideas that ultimately became a catalyst 
for the championing of human rights. 

 If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be? 
Forster's Mr. Emerson from A Room With A View.  

If you could trade places with any historical figure for a day, 
who would you choose? 
Virginia Woolf 
because I'd love to spend one day 
living with her extraordinary powers of observation.  

A movie is made about your life, 
whom would you choose to play the lead as you? 
Irene Dunne because, to quote Roddy McDowell, 
"How can you not like Irene Dunne." 

What book are you currently reading? 
Words on Air, a correspondence between 
Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. 

What music are you listening to now? 
Right now - my new favorite is Seabear. 

What is your favorite Latin motto or phrase? 
"cras amet qui nunquam amavit; quique amavit, cras amet" 
 "May he love tomorrow who has never loved before; 
And may he who has loved, love tomorrow as well"  

One or two artists whose work makes your heart flutter: 
Two that always cause my heart to skip a beat are 
Milton Avery and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

You can find Laura's work here:


holly aka golly said...

Thank you Laura for being my first interview for this series! You are an amazing artist!

Laura said...

holly!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

caroline/oh chalet! said...

beautiful, beautiful dreamy work. thank you for sharing it!, :)

didiermaurice said...

a nice interview of an artist i appreciate on a remarkable blog, Many thanks for sharing.

Jane O Sullivan said...

yay! for the dear missy laura, whose beautiful work and honesty makes my heart skip merrily ...well done Laura x
thank you to you holly :)

Marchi Wierson said...

very good interview. I love laura's work!!

June Alexandra said...

very interesting interview and a great artist for sure !

Iris Schwarz / Paulette Edition said...

Wonderful interview Holly! Wonderful work Laura – I'm in love with your subtle paintings!
Many thanks to both of you for sharing!

glasfaden said...

I love Laura's work - poetically beautiful. Thank you for sharing about yourself, Laura! Thank you, Holly!