Since graduating with her MFA from MICA’s, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2006, Laura Amussen has been an active participant in the local Baltimore art scene. She teaches full time at Towson University in the Art Department and is an independent curator. She was the director of exhibitions and curator at Goucher College for over ten years, where she programmed and mounted over 100 exhibtions.
Amussen’s background in the medical field has instilled an innate sensitivity for the human condition. She often creates projects that tell a story, evoking a sensorial and visceral response that is at once personal and communal. Viewing the act of making as a meditative and therapeutic process, she often makes work that is layered and emotionally expressive in its density. Empathetic to difficult emotional terrain, Amussen seeks conceptual inspiration from people, histories, and personal experience which exist in the realm of the unspeakable or disowned. She believes that powerful art is often birthed from vulnerability. And that although the viewing public may not necessarily be privy to the artist’s lived experiences, thoughts, and emotions - which ultimately culminate in the creation of the work - we are all human and thus, have shared experiences and emotional responses.