Laura Walters channels the underlying energy and rhythms of the natural world, transforming metal into elegant sculptures that celebrate the beauty and complexities of our universe. From her early works in bronze to more recent pieces in steel, delicate and organic shapes emerge in a variety of scales.
A native of Texas now based in Dallas, Walters studied sculpture at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the University of North Texas in Denton, and the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. She also studied figurative sculpture at The Studio of George Davis. Laura opened her own studio in 2000 where she began creating her Aqua Designs Collection.
Walters’s sculptures can be found in public and private collections including Hometown Community, North Richland Hills, TX; Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa, CA; City of Dallas, TX, Lake Highlands Town Center; Hurst Convention Center, TX; Baylor All Saints Fort Worth Regional Hear Center, TX; St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Coral Gables, FL; and Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX.
Walters’s largest work to date at 20 feet in height—Suspended in Bloom, 2013—is located in the motor court at Vitruvian Park,
Fiori in Addison, TX.
About the Process
For Walters, creating her artwork is spiritual and intuitive. Occasionally through an epiphany, many times through a simple observation, and sometimes through struggle, the process is challenging, yet satisfying. Transferring an idea into a metal sculpture begins with a simple sketch, but from that point forward, the process continues in metal. Walters achieves an organic quality by handworking each individual component with a grinder, which softens and shapes the edges of her sculptures. These precisely crafted elements are then welded together to complete the finished artwork.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My work is about energy and the force that creates each divine life. Stars, plants, animals, and humans—we each have our own special uniqueness, yet we are all part of one great, universal whole. Polarities and opposites pervasive in our universe—simplicity/complexity, good/evil, male/female, faith/reason—intrigue me and are an underlying current in my work. I believe the essence of creating balance lies in these polarities.
Though I’ve worked in a variety of materials, my current medium is steel. I am drawn to the seductive quality of molten metal and its ability to make a fleeting idea permanent. Frida Kahlo once said, “I paint flowers so that they do not die.” I believe this is the same reason I have chosen to create organic forms in steel. The unique energy of each entity, real or imagined, is something worth preserving.
I am inspired by nature’s infinite forms and fascinated by the inherent motion and universal patterns found in both natural and manmade objects. I strive to capture this rhythm in my work. Though no artist can compete with the perfection or spectacular beauty that exists in our ocean, earth, and sky, or in the tiniest cell or organism, my challenge is in studying these forms, as well as those man has created, and bringing them together in an interesting way.