Laurencia Strauss is a visual artist/landscape architect investigating vulnerabilities and ingenuities of people and the places they inhabit. Through socially engaged actions, installations and projects in public spaces, she gives agency to local knowledge and explores relational dynamics of sites and situations. Her practice ranges across projects that generate healthy living systems and projects that creatively disrupt to invite rethinking and restructuring. Working across art and design, she creates experiences with photographs, video, books and mixed-media sculpture that heighten our sense of interdependence.
A mixture of Argentinean and southern US cultures, Laurencia is based again in her home city of Miami responding to sea level rise issues at a critical moment of consciousness for South Florida. She sees Miami as a vibrant city actively developing its identity while simultaneously grappling with a serious health condition. Influenced by experiences with her sibling who lived with chronic and terminal illness for many years, Laurencia came to understand that a difficult diagnosis – for a person or a city – does not necessarily mean imminent death but may bring vibrant phases of life as innovative strategies of maintenance, growth, hope, and adaptation emerge.
Recent solo exhibitions include Hope and Doom at Satellite Art Show, Miami Beach (2016), Infiltracao at Peninsula Gallery, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2016), Landlines at Penland School Gallery, North Carolina (2016), Talking to Satellites, Key West (2015) and Reclining Islands at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis (2014). Group shows include Mni Wiconi, London (2017), Opposing Futures, Ft. Lauderdale (2017), Flooded Sanctuaries, Miami Beach (2017), Transmission, Miami (2016), Waterscapes / Paisagem d’agua, Ft. Lauderdale (2016), Hightide at Satellite, Miami Beach (2015), and Museo con Piernas, Chile (2014).