Absentia: Abandoned Past

Absentia: Abandoned Past explores spaces in a state of abandonment or unexpected departure, creating a feeling of being animated and inhabited but absent at the same time. Houses are like the human body; they are born fresh, clean, and full of hope. The home ages, adapts, and sags; occupants leave traces but take their memories with them. A house may be reborn and be rehabilitated; sometimes it dies and becomes a memory. The spaces are hauntingly quiet, and captured in various states of abandonment, from the sudden unexpected departure to a slow disregard for the place. The work goes beyond the alluring mystery of an empty building and the memories within, but hopefully inspires the viewer to ask why.

Migliorino’s work has a long history of capturing the relationship between people and the environments they live in. The intimate nature of housing, shelter and living environment is so essential to how one is defined, that is cannot be separated. The work explores the symbiotic, and perplexing relationship between people and their homes.

A closing reception will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 2 – 4 pm. Stop by and hear Laura talk about her process of finding the homes and how she captures the images. Laura will be speaking around 3 pm.

Migliorino will also be exhibiting The Hidden Life of Books Chapter I: The American Academy in Rome at SEVEN an exhibition of International artists in Margate, England during the month of October. Seven is part of Turner 19, a series of events featured during The Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary.



Migliorino was born in Cleveland Ohio, and grew up in a Chicago Heights, a Chicago suburb. Migliorino’s BFA is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA is from the University of Minnesota. She is a Professor of Art at Anoka-Ramsey Community College near Minneapolis. Migliorino received numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and exhibition prizes. Migliorino was the Community College Humanities Affiliated Fellow at The American Academy in Rome. She is a 2019 fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Foundation in Great Barrington, MA.

Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, The Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and The Warehouse in Atlanta. She exhibits internationally, including solo shows. Her work is currently showing in Beacon, NY.

Her work is featured in DWELL, Artsy, Huffington Post and Midwestern Gothic

For her website, click here.

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