Ascend: Laura Bigger May 2022 Exhibition

Ascend: Laura Bigger
May 7th–28th | Opening Reception May 7th, 2022, 5pm–8pm

COOP Gallery is pleased to present Ascend, an exhibition by Laura Bigger.

Ascend represents and critiques ideals of capitalist growth through a familiar story of
domestic building materials. From narratives like the Three Little Pigs, we learn a value
system represented materially at an early age. Wood is an upgrade from straw, brick an
upgrade from wood, and so on. Laura Bigger’s work investigates the value we place on
objects that bring us shelter and safety, and how this extends to status symbols. There is
an increasing proliferation of human made objects purporting to be made of
something they are not (such as fake rocks, vinyl siding, and most contemporary
flooring). We make the synthetic and ugly look natural and the inexpensive look
valuable. Likewise, Bigger’s prints and toy blocks are trying to be something they are
not. This self-referential work at once embraces and highlights the facade.
More about the Artist
Laura Bigger is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Truman State University in
Kirksville, MO. She previously taught at the University of Nevada, Reno and Augsburg
College in Minneapolis, MN. Originally from Boulder, CO, Bigger received her BA in
Studio Art and Hispanic Studies from Colorado College (2008) and her MFA in
printmaking from the University of Minnesota (2013). Her work explores the relationships
that exist among humans, animals, and ecosystems, particularly in terms of the food
chain, raw materials, and the human tendency to exert control over natural systems. They
has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally.
For more information about Laura Bigger, visit