Laura Wennstrom


Collapse: a meditation. 7lbs 2oz of coronavirus-Play-Doh

June 16, 2020 marks

13 weeks of Quarantine, stuck at home with my kids.

22 days since George Floyd was murdered

466 steps from my front door.

5 sleepless nights of protest, fires, bullets, helicopters circling.

The cocktail of adrenaline and exhaustion reminds me of having a newborn.

I wonder how much George weighed at birth

Perhaps 7lbs 2oz, probably more.


Laura Wennstrom holds an MFA in New Media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015). She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from North Park University in Chicago in 2009. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions across the country.

Laura is currently an Adjunct Professor at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches art classes to children and adults through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Laura lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two young children.

I am a multimedia artist, most recently making large scale sculptural installations. Drawing from painting, collage, and quiltmaking traditions, I create heavily saturated color compositions. I am interested in gathering found materials and objects: the cast off, the forgotten, the incidental. Through an intuitive process combining color and pattern, I find new ways to tell stories.