Fall Symposium Guest Speaker
Saturday October 27
"On poetry, with artists"
“I am interested in the points of connection language creates between our emotional lives, our creative production, and the objects and images with which we surround ourselves. Much of my work has been about the interrelationships between artists and writers, between members of specific communities at particular historical junctures, and how we spin stories about those relationships. In the end, writing is about a life. It is about how we try to make sense of something through language, in intimate conversation with objects, images, and experiences.”
Laura A. L. Wellen makes texts and exhibitions which find points of connection between our emotional lives and our regional histories and landscapes. Her collaborative performances with poet Julio Serrano Echeverría have been presented in the U.S. and Guatemala and have received support from Poets & Writers, Lawndale Art Center, and Failure to Identify. Since 2014, she has been working between Houston and Guatemala City, where she runs the apartment gallery and artist residency Yvonne. In 2017, she has curated exhibitions at Proyectos Ultravioleta, Yvonne, and Alianza Francesa en Guatemala City, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and Southern Methodist University's Pollock Gallery in Dallas. Her writing has been published in ArtForum, Art Lies, Artishock, Art Review, Arts + Culture Texas, and Pastelegram, among other international magazines, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs, and she is currently translating a book of poetry and essays by Mexican artist Nahui Olin. Wellen is a 2017-2018 Core Critic-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She holds a PhD in Art History and is a 2017 recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her website www.piedrin.com.