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Laurel Jay Carpenter is a visual art performer, investigating longing, devotion and intimacy in her durational live works. She has exhibited extensively in New York at venues including Exit Art, The Knitting Factory, Performance Space 122, Judson Church House, NOoSphere, SOHO20 and Microscope galleries, and Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. Laurel has been an invited artist at the International Performance Art Festival in Cleveland, The Performance Studies International Conference and the MacDowell Colony.
Internationally, Laurel has presented work at the NMAC Foundation in southern Spain; with Wooloo Productions and the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin, Germany; at Schloss Salem Palace in southern Germany; at the Bergen International, Between Sky & Sea, and the Kunstbanken Hedmark Performance Festivals in Norway; at the Festival of Ephemeral Art in Sokolowsko, Poland; at the Sofia Underground Festival in Bulgaria; 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 Institute in support of the next generation of durational performers. Currently, Laurel is working in several collaborations: with Norwegian artist Terese Longva, US dance artist/researcher Robert Bingham and German composer/performer Philippe Wozniak. Laurel recently resigned her tenure as Associate Professor of Art at Alfred University to pursue practice-led research as a PhD candidate at Northumbria University; she is now based in the UK.