Once I read Laurelin's bio and the description of her work on the wall, I realized that I could not do her justice with anything that I could write about her. I am a big fan of her work and I think I will let her speak for herself.....
As a person of blended ethnicity, I paint many of my subjects as racially ambiguous, which is what I recognize in my own little tribe. But my art has one foot firmly in fantasy, and painting mixed-race many times comes across as painting mixed species. It’s common for me to paint pride by adding antlers, freedom or promise is sometimes represented by wings, and those misunderstood might end up with scales, fins, snake tails, etc. Anyway, it’s not a science, just what feels right. The character I painted in this mural is something like a self portrait, I suppose in the way that all of my pieces are. Some think it’s a woman, but it feels male to me. He is pulling back the curtain on a new morning, looking directly at the viewer despite the timidity apparent in his long, drawn down ears. He is a scholar, a musician, and compassionate to others as evidenced by the things around him, but only in his little room. This is me, trumpeting the morning of my escape from old norms. I call it, “Newborn"
If you would like to see more of her work, check out Laurelin's website www.laurelingilmore.com and be sure to check out the new piece she is working on for the wall.