Laurencia Strauss works from the premise that space is always being created. She considers the self and the city to be dynamic ecosystems with potential to be catalysts in creating the spaces we want to inhabit. A queer mixed Latinx first generation US interdisciplinary artist and landscape designer, she queers systems thinking to create experiences that generate agency and belonging as they navigate self-reliance and interdependence.

Based again in her home city of Miami, after years in California, Rhode Island, and St. Louis, her work responds to grappling with sea level rise and the climate crisis. These issues influenced her trajectory into the art and landscape architecture. Amidst environmental activism and speculative solutions, her work attends to climate change grief.

Her participatory actions, video installations, and community-based designs have been shared throughout Florida and in St. Louis, Kansas City, Providence, New York, and Buenos Aires. She has been an Artist In Residence with ArtCenter/South Florida and with Radical Intention at The Luminary as well as with many organizations in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Each location allows new opportunities to respond to both site and social contexts. She has received numerous grants and fellowships. A Danforth Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, she also earned degrees at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, and Oberlin College.

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July 18, 2014