Laura Petrovich-Cheney creates art by resurrecting and transforming wooden debris she finds in her natural surroundings.
After Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast coastline of New Jersey and the
surrounding area, Petrovich-Cheney began collecting the remains left behind in
its wake—floorboards, window frames, cabinets, furniture, exterior
siding—anything that she could find that evoked life before the storm.
Petrovich-Cheney’s art is inspired by traditional American patchwork quilt
designs—designs that are familiar and comforting. She transforms the salvaged
wood into quilt-like pieces of art, creating new relationships
between color, proportion, texture, and surfaces.
The work in this exhibit evokes the past through its use of colors that mark
a particular decade—e.g., ‘80s pastels, ‘70s avocado kitchen green. The faded
colors and scraped surfaces of the wood are a nostalgic glimpse into the past.
The visual history of the salvaged wood – the chipped layers of paint, the nail
holes, the grain- tells a story.
Laura Petrovich-Cheney received her MFA in Studio Arts from Moore
College of Art and Design, her MS in Fashion Design from Drexel University and
her BA in Fine Arts and English Literature from Dickinson College. Her work has
been exhibited nationwide and is included in several private and public
collections. She has received awards from the National Academy of Art, Monmouth
Museum, and the New Jersey Art Center and was awarded a Geraldine Dodge Grant.
She has just recently returned from a month long residency to the Arctic