Laura Boomsma
Art & Education

Art 

Laura Boomsma is a multidisciplinary artist. Through artistic research she explores sustainable and biodiversity issues. She draws, paints and works with paper and textiles. She uses multimedia installations and sensortechnology to appeal to our sensory perception. In this way Laura visualizes the different perspectives surrounding a theme, and translates this theme into an embodied experience. 


Kunst 

Laura Boomsma is multidisciplinair kunstenaar. Ze onderzoekt op artistieke wijze vraagstukken rondom duurzaamheid en biodiversiteit. Ze tekent, schildert en werkt met papier en textiel. Door middel van multimedia installaties en gebruik van sensortechnologie spreekt haar werk meerdere zintuigen aan. Op deze manier verbeeldt Laura de verschillende perspectieven rondom een thema, en vertaalt zij dit thema naar een belichaamde ervaring.  


Recent art projects:


 

More-than-human imaginaries. Pen & ink on paper. 2024


The more-than-human-imaginaries series are pendrawings and paper installations. These drawings resemble realistic, scientific drawings, but when you look closer, you'll notice that they are not. The plants and animals are based on real live, but are in fact imaginary. Playing with form and size of the other-than-humans, keeping the viewer in this space between wonder and guessing what is real and what not.  This series is about visualizing the wonder of biodiversity. We can hardly imagine the complexity and multitude of organisms we share our environment with. I believe that the more we are aware of the abundance of flora and fauna with which we share our environment, the more we will ensure the well-being of all.



 

Living together with other-than-humans.                           Multimedia installation. 2023 - ongoing


Artistic research into cohabitation in a multispecies world. To enhance biodiversity in the city, more nature is promoted. For example nature inclusive city development. But what does living-together entail for all inhabitants? How do we, as humans, envision living with nature. Is there a difference in what kind of nature we do, or don't want to share the living environment? In this artistic research I explore my own experperience of living together with a urban wildlife. Focus on one synanthropic species: the pipistrelle bats (pipistrellus pipistrellus). Hoping this will provide a new perspective on human-nature connectedness for future more-than-human communities. This isntallation consists of folded paper objects and lights reacting to batsounds recorded in the city of Groningen. Overlaying is a video made of the surroundings.



Inbetween.                                                                         Site responsive -Thread installation. 2021-2022



Series of outside thread installations. This work interprets the concept of the Inbetween. It visualizes the space between nature and man-made structures. The space where the sunlight, wind and leaves linger. There also lingers our surprise and bewilderment. Weaving the thread almost meditative in a repetative structure, within frames of wood and bamboo sticks. As soon as the weaving of the structure takes form, birds, wind, leaves and insects start interacting with the material and co-creating the artwork.


 

 


Trans Species Sensing.                   Sensor installation. 2022


This work explores interaction between nature, in this case, trees, and humans. Trans species communication refers to the interaction between non-related organisms. Using electronic sensors and microcontrolers to collect data, to enhance our human sensory perception. This could lead to a better understanding of our natural environment. And at the same time this reflects on the way we interact with nature in a science-and-technology orientated society. The sensors were left on their specific tree for one day. Sound and movement data was collected.

 




Hello Friends. An alternative conversation with earth.                       Textiles and earth. 2021


This ongoing project is about finding new ways to communicate with the living earth. Burying embroided messages on small textile pieces just beneath the top layer of the soil. Leaving it there for three weeks to be noticed by, and reacted on by the organisms that reside there. Then excavating those textiles to examine the staines and patterns left behind by the living organisms. In return reacting on those signs with another layer of embroidery. Like contemporary human communication; texting messages back and forth. But the ritual-like movement of burying a message, disturbing the earth with this invasive action, and then removing it, leaving an imprint of the fabric in the wet soil, are all ways of interacting. This also resembles different ways humans interact with the natural environment.

 



Biobased woven. 

Dandelion stems, leaves and branches. 2024 



Exploration of different gardenplants as base for biobased woven materials. Contemplating questions regarding the antropocentristic perspective of using plants as materials. Can we co-create with plants? What voice does the plant have in this design process?  When it is being picked and transformed into another form by human hands.