Current Exhibition

  • Laura
    Schiff Bean

  • acrylic & mixed media
  • November 5 - 30, 2015
  • Artists Reception: November 5, 6 - 8 PM

Laura Schiff Bean’s series Redefined uses dresses as a stand-in for the figure that reflects upon identity and gender. Schiff Beans dress portraits are painted with many layers of thick paint incorporating splashes and drips in each composition. In this ongoing series, choices of what we wear often mirror our values and our ideas about the world. Dress can define our ethnic background, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, political ideology and much more. What we wear speaks volumes to the world before we ever say a word. We use dress as a costume to accomplish the tasks at hand, defining (disguising?) ourselves as efficient business people, artistic personalities, sexual beings, or “cool” people. Sometimes, just putting on the clothes can make us believe that we are who we think we are pretending to be. In many ways, the clothes we wear can redefine our sense of self. While earning her BA in Psychology at George Washington University in Washington DC, Laura Schiff Bean also attended classes at the Corcoran School of Art. In 1991, Schiff Bean enrolled formally at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and attended through 1997. It was here that she began to incorporate her interest in human nature with her art. Her work can be found in both corporate and private collections and she has been included in many solo exhibitions throughout the United States.