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Laura Thompson



Laura Thompson is a doctoral student in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at UCSD. Laura completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. In 2017, Laura was awarded her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame. While in residence, she crafted sculptural installations of abject and affective figural abstractions that centered on corporeal and environmental traumas. In 2019, Laura was awarded her Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her MA thesis “Theaster Gates’ Artwork in Perspective: Craft, Discarded Knowledge, and Critical Memory” analyzed the manner in which Gates’ practice is grounded in a reparative craft methodology through his engagement with Chicago’s history of socially engaged art, the legacy of the British Arts and Crafts Movement, and his facilitation of critical memory through salvaged and archived “discarded knowledge.” As a first year Ph.D. student at UCSD, Laura will continue to study the intersection of social practice and social justice initiatives.