What Appears 9, acrylic on panel, 40 X 36 in.

Laura Thorne

Laura Thorne’s work now and almost always has been inspired by nature’s fleeting dynamics. She explores optical expressions of evocative experiences with form and color, where what appears is shaped by what disappears. Thorne has developed a personal vocabulary of progressively simplified shapes and families of colors to emphasize the relationships between them. Her process-based abstractions are imbued with essential visual puzzles of continuity and discontinuity. She hopes to arouse an engagement with seeing and perceiving as an intimate, fresh and dynamic process.


Sienna, acrylic on panel, 60 x 35 in.

What Appears 2 , acrylic on panel, 30 x 36 in.

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.