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Laura Milkins is an interdisciplinary artist living in Tucson, AZ. Her work explores vulnerability, intimacy, and the body, using a variety of media: online-interactive performance, video, drawing, painting, and live radio/podcasting. Through storytelling, her work examines the connection between technology, community and notions of identity. Her projects highlight the delicate balance and intrinsic role nature plays in our daily lives and the positive influence it continues to have on our bodies and minds.


Recent solo works include Desert Skins (2021-present), one hundred portraits of Arizonans morphed with their favorite reptile, In Search of the Great America (2020-22), a podcast asking people to define their great America: past, present and future; Of Birds and Men (2018-19), a series of 26 portraits of men in power who have been accused of sexual misconduct, accompanied by an exquisitely-drawn bird starting with the same letter as his name; For the Birds (2018-19), works on paper, Zero Packaging Project (2018-19), a year long performance; The Depression Session (2015-18), a performance radio show devoted to de-stigmatizing depression.

Additionally, her work has been included in institutional group exhibitions in the 2012 Desert Initiative (Tucson), 2009 Prisma Forum (Oaxaca, Mexico), 2009 Venus Cabaret performance at Casa del Lago (Mexico City) and 2007 La Pocha Nostra performance at MOCA (Tucson).


Her work has been exhibited across the United States, Mexico, and in France. She has received grants, awards, and international recognition for her work, including a Fulbright award to travel and work in Mexico City, 2011 ArtPrize Sustainability Award for Walking Home and the 2019 Tanne Foundation Award. 


I am an interdisciplinary artist. My work is intentionally sweet, naive and storybook-like in form and style. It examines the connection between technology, the environment, and the female body in Western culture. Most of my projects take years to complete with a focus on storytelling and community involvement. I use gentle (lesser) mediums like pastel, watercolor, pen, audio, and walking as a way to look for answers to societal problems. 

Each piece focuses on creating a world I would like to inhabit. For example: Of Birds and Men where birds hold men accountable for abuse or The Depression Session where participants openly shared what helps them through their dark moments of depression. Each projects is a subtle reminder that we are part of the system we live in and have the power to change it. At heart, I am a metamodernist. I am interested in creating what it could be, while I am critiquing what is, oscillating between despair at the state of the world and hope for the future. 


I aim to expose inequities and injustice in a way that is beautiful and hopeful. I want the viewer to feel invited into the work, gently with love and respect. 


I believe my role as an artist is to provide the canvas for other people to express their ideas. My work is intended as a conduit for creating a new future that we all want to live in.


-Laura Milkins

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