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works by Laura Tanner

June 7 - July 28 | Opening Reception / Meet the Artists: Friday, June 7 / 5-8pm

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Artist Statement

“Who prepares the food and who sits at the table?”

Dish uses drawing and community engagement to explore how local foodways can define a community's identity and reflect contemporary challenges that community is facing, like food insecurity and climate change. Laura Tanner gathers oral histories from farmers, chefs, restaurant patrons and home cooks. Using their stories as inspiration, her drawings present a visual archive of the rituals, recipes, and traditions of different communities. Tanner's project began in the Southeast, and continues in a new iteration along the East Coast. By examining a community’s foodways, we can better understand a group of people, and in turn, their current economies, social structures, political leanings, and needs as a community.

Artist Bio

Laura Tanner (Boca Raton, FL)

Spanning drawing, installation and social practice, Laura Tanner’s creative works act as sites of inquiry into the revisionist histories that reinforce systems of inequity. Since receiving her MFA from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Tanner has exhibited nationally, including exhibitions at the Springfield Art Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Susquehanna Art Museum. Her work can be viewed at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans or in the collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Practice in the Department of Visual Art and Art History at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL.


Figure 7 / Shaina Gates / 2021 / 6.5x6x2.5 / $400


Figure 20 / Shaina Gates / 2021 / 10x9x3 / $500


Figure 12 / Shaina Gates / 2021 / 5x5x3 / $400


Figure 164 / Shaina Gates / 2022 / 9x8x2 / $500

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Grant support provided by:

NHCF New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
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3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation - Rutman Family Fund.

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