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The Proof: Laurel Terlesky

March 6, 2012

Laurel Terlesky is more than an artist – she’s a visual architect representing our current relationship to nature, ourselves, modern behaviors, and that in which we are environmentally dependent on for source. There’s a beautiful struggle shown in her work – The striking of a fluidity in the inter-dependence of the modern world and our most natural state. By plugging in we can become unplugged, and she displays there’s a fine balance between the two. We are in need of the contemporary tools of electronics and media to communicate our ideas, but in the process, as a society, this disconnection can be the very demise of us. Terlesky’ s images tell the tale that unplugging from nature can leave us in a desperate state, but by plugging into it with partnership strikes the cord of true connection. ~Kate Power, founder, Fleet Jewelry. (

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The Photos

01 I like to start my day by living near the boundary. A snowfall the night before makes for an especially wonderful morning.

02 My two beauties share some loving with me throughout the day… morning cuddles are the best! (Keecha (Kitten in Ukrainian, a lynx point Siamese.) and Tigger-tronics (earned her nickname because she likes to hang out near speakers when electronic music is on. Tried recording her purr once and turned that into some electronic sounds).

03 Creativity gets underway daily at my studio on 2nd Ave in downtown Squamish.

04 Things are constantly changing in the studio – keeps me inspired!

05 Homebase Studios is next door to my space – it’s a shared space with resident artists Stan Matwychuk, Kevin Su, Amber Butler and Sanaz Busink. We hold events and workshops here. Drop by anytime!

06 Getting new works together exploring themes around water. This subject will be my focus for the next two years as I complete my MFA degree where I will be combining my new media & painting practices for some new pieces.

07 I live in such a beautiful place – where the water meets the mountains. In the afternoons I take a short break for a walk or run around Nexen beach.

08 The best days are when I finish off with a class at The Yoga Studio. Some of my favourite yoga teachers make their magic here. Thanks Sarah, Lydia and Chris.

The Questions

What neighbourhood do you live in?
Squamish (more precisely Garibaldi Highlands)

What do you do and where?
Artist: Painting, Drawing and New Media. I also freelance mainly in motion graphics for tv & film, and also website & print design. I also teach new media at BCIT in Vancouver. Most days I can be found at my studio #204 37760 2nd Ave Squamish. Stop by any time for a visit.

What are you working on?
Getting a few things ready for some upcoming exhibitions. Starting to experiment on some new works combining projection and painted surfaces. Also gearing up to start my MFA this summer which will take me to Berlin and New York a few times over the next couple of years.

Where can we find your work?
Until the end of March at Raw Canvas in Yaletown (1046 Hamilton St., Vancouver), mid-April until mid-June at the Lynn Valley Main Library (North Vancouver) and hopefully State of the Art, (although that isn’t confirmed yet – fingers crossed!). Lastly, always at my studio and on my website:

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