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  • “Freedom”Freedom

    In my current project of non-traditional portraiture and installation the objects reflect memory and loss. My intent is to rouse the viewer with the emotion behind the image or the object- the pose, the attitude or the tension exhibited, rather than the individual. For this reason, I have chosen subject matters which are associated with the loss that has occurred within my family and the grief that ensues. To restate, I want my viewer to ally themselves with the sentiment and add to the memories shared.

Laci Coppins

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artist bio

Laci Coppins was born in Tucson, Arizona and received her BA from Fisk University in English, a Post Baccalaureate in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography from Studio Art Centers International, and both a Masters and Doctorate in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. In 2009, after 15 years, Laci Coppins returned back to her roots of Milwaukee. While away, Coppins worked as both an elementary school teacher and principal. Resigning from her job, she moved to Italy to live, work, and further build her first love for art and photography.

Upon return to the United States, she was accepted to the International Center of Photography, but was unable to attend due to financial restrictions. Looking for an alternative method to continue in her artistic maturation, Coppins applied and was selected as an artist in residence with REDLine, Milwaukee. Concluding her residency in August 2012, during the three year stint, she had the opportunity to build rapport through portfolio reviews, critiques, and professional development with numerous national and international artists.

Currently, she is pursuing her dream and extending her photographic projects-
which typically take the nature of documentary, installation, mixed media, narrative or non-traditional portraiture.

Coppins has exhibited in multiple cities across the United States and Italy. In conjunction with special programs, Coppins has also participated as a guest artist/speaker with Alverno College, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Marquette University. In addition, her work is in the collection of Fisk University, REDLine, Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and numerous private collections.

artist statement

A creation of photographic works of art to express an internal dialogue surrounding different thoughts or concepts. The images are often coupled with phrases or words; presenting an additional component for interpretation. Aspirations include creating: methods of mixing daily and recycled objects with photographic images, at times, including text to enhance the image or tell the story, expanding and creating projects that draw an interaction from the spectator, photographing moments that are often overlooked or ignored, and drawing an emotional response from the viewer. With this external manner, each observer is invited to examine the artist's inner thought process through each print, object, and word.

Coppins offers this about her work:

“I primarily choose to shoot in analogue format. However, recently I have coupled printed photographic images with recycled materials, additional mixed media and at times installation. I enjoy employing the written word, and in specific instances pairing photographic images from the past (some dated more then 30 years ago) with modern day images taken in alternative formats.”