Laura Magnusson is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba with a focus on sculpture, video, and underwater research and creation. Presently, she is completing her MFA at Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.
Laura’s graduate work investigates video as a visual form of testimony to convey the fullness of traumatic experience. The visual component of her thesis, a video testimony of her own healing journey after sexual violence, takes place at the bottom of a deep, vast ocean. A clamshell-like parka offers protection as she contends with symptoms of trauma, such as social alienation and psychological distress. Under 4500 pounds of water per square foot, weighted by winter apparel, she is at the mercy of a vat of air. At times – as she breathes deeply or rests burrowed in sand – water’s destructive potential is set against its capacities to heal.
In Canada, Laura has received funding from all levels of government and has a permanent public sculpture on display at the University of Manitoba. At the University of Michigan, she has been the recipient of a number of awards including the 2017 1st Year MFA Award, an Arts Integrated Interdisciplinary Research Grant, two International Institute Individual Fellowships, and most recently, a scholarship from the Center for the Education of Women.