KRIFKA, Laura

Creator

b. United States, 1985
Laura Krifka, born 1985 in Los Angeles, CA, incorporates cinematic elements borrowed from modern film in the composition of her paintings. In 2008, Krikfa received herBFA. from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo; in 2010, she received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara. Her portraiture often depicts figures in the intimacy of domestic spaces, gazing out at the viewer and inviting our gaze in return. Her figures “occupy various states of undress, preparation, or play, expressing an ease with intimacy and an acknowledgement that the act of looking is a central component of desire.” Krifka’s psychologically-charged paintings hence construct and deconstruct the shifting tensions between subject and object, observer and observed, powerful and powerless. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. She has also exhibited individually and collaboratively at the Torrance Museum of Art, CB1 Gallery, and BravinLee Programs, among many others. In 2017, she was awarded the Davyd-Whaley Artist Teacher Grant for her professorship at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, and has been reviewed in The L.A. Times, ARTPULSE Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Citation

b. United States, 1985 and Laura Krifka, born 1985 in Los Angeles, CA, incorporates cinematic elements borrowed from modern film in the composition of her paintings. In 2008, Krikfa received herBFA. from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo; in 2010, she received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara. Her portraiture often depicts figures in the intimacy of domestic spaces, gazing out at the viewer and inviting our gaze in return. Her figures “occupy various states of undress, preparation, or play, expressing an ease with intimacy and an acknowledgement that the act of looking is a central component of desire.” Krifka’s psychologically-charged paintings hence construct and deconstruct the shifting tensions between subject and object, observer and observed, powerful and powerless. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. She has also exhibited individually and collaboratively at the Torrance Museum of Art, CB1 Gallery, and BravinLee Programs, among many others. In 2017, she was awarded the Davyd-Whaley Artist Teacher Grant for her professorship at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, and has been reviewed in The L.A. Times, ARTPULSE Magazine, and The Huffington Post., “KRIFKA, Laura,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 25, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7320.