Photo by Octavio Martinez inside of Before You Were Born by Laurie Shapiro

I am a mixed media artist whose work incorporates sewing, painting, textiles, and screen printing. My work has been described as “neo-pop” and expressionist – I think it is somewhere between the two.  Each piece is a reflection of the ideas, moments, and feelings within and around me.

I am of Jewish descent and originally from New York.  In 2012, I completed my BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.  The art program at CMU opened my eyes to the definition of art in contemporary society, and how to piece together different mediums to create unique work.  During my time at CMU, I studied abroad for a semester at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.  While in Turkey, I began sewing together paintings on fabric, a big step towards the mixed media approach that I use.

Since 2012 I have lived in the Bay Area in California.  From April through June 2017, I am an artist-in-residence at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

(Photo by Octavio Martinez)