100 Colorado Creatives: Laura Shill

Laura Shill chills with the artwork in her RedLine studio.
#54: Laura Shill

Laura Shill calls her work "a collision of collecting, costuming, performance, installation and photography," and as you might expect, it's always intriguing: The many-faceted artist, currently a studio resident at RedLine, is known of late for labor-intensive stuffed fiber installations that envelope and shelter the viewer with literal arms and a hyper-feminine pulse...but that's not all she does.

See also:
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Adam Milner
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Cortney Lane Stell
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Theresa Anderson

Laura Shill, "A Small Room."
Shill's stunning installation A Small Room, which hangs from the ceiling on the third floor of the McNichols Building as part of the Biennial of the Americas exhibition First Draft, can be seen there through September 2. And there's more on the way, she notes.

We asked rapidly emerging artist Shill to share her thoughts on the creative life; her thoughtful answers follow.

Laura Shill, "A Small Room," interior.
Westword: If you could collaborate with one person throughout time, who would it be and why?

Laura Shill: Louise Bourgeois. I admire her sense of humor, subversion of the human form, use of material, the ambitious scale of many of her works, and that she continued to make work well into her nineties. And since reality isn't really an issue here, we would create an immersive installation for Monumenta at Grand Palais in Paris. We would turn that giant brass and glass atrium into a vaguely transparent atmosphere that evokes the interior of a body and utilizes the natural light that is always changing in that space. I would also really love it if I could play dress-up with Dolly Parton and then we would brush each other's hair.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now and why?

Well, to be honest, I'm a little out of touch with the outside world right now. I've kind of been inside an art tornado for the past few months working on pieces for RedLine's Not Exactly and the Biennial. Then I immediately flew to Alabama to visit my family after that. So, I guess I would have to say my mom, Vickie Shill. I spent a lot of time with her last week and she possesses these qualities that I hope to develop one day, like patience and optimism (she starts a lot of sentences with "I'm no Pollyanna, but...") and she's quick to laugh and to forgive. She also practices creativity in every facet of her life, and that is a constant source of inspiration for me.

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McNichols Building

144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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