Laurel Jay Carpenter is a visual art performer, investigating longing and intimacy, while troubling subjectivity, in her durational live works. Originally from the US, she has exhibited extensively in New York at venues including Exit Art, The Knitting Factory, Performance Space 122, Judson Church House, the NOoSphere, SOHO20 and Microscope galleries, as well as Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. Laurel has been a fellow and invited artist at the MacDowell Colony, CAOS Art Center in Italy, and for three seasons at the Salem2Salem US/German Artist Exchange.
Internationally, Laurel has presented work at the NMAC Foundation in southern Spain; with Wooloo Productions and the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin and further at Schloss Salem Palace and Kunsthaus Essen in Germany; at the Bergen International, Between Sky & Sea, PAB Open and the Kunstbanken Hedmark Performance Festivals in Norway; at the Art Ii Biennial in Finland; at the Festival of Ephemeral Art in Sokolowsko, Poland; at the Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival in Bulgaria; at the Prague Quadrennial in Czechia; at the International Festival of Contemporary Art in Terni, Italy, and as part of the 2007 Venice Biennale.
Laurel is honored to have been a member of the Independent Performance Group (2004-2007), founded and facilitated by Marina Abramović as an early incarnation of her international institute. Currently, Laurel collaborates regularly with Norwegian artist Terese Longva, and US dance artist/researcher Robert Bingham. In 2016, Laurel resigned her tenure as a professor of art at Alfred University to relocate her research to Northumbria University; she is now based in the UK.