Laura Oxendine is a digital artist primarily working in video and motion design both in her own artwork and professionally as Thrown Light. Having leaned into creative experimentation early in her career, she embraces a multidisciplinary approach and collaborates with artists in other disciplines when possible. She holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts (NY, NY) and is grateful to call Austin home for the past five years.

PULLS is a series that is oxymoronic in that they feed off a tension between the organic and the digital. The final product is a purely digital piece that uses original photographs as source and is “hand painted digitally.” All of the movements and shapes visible in the work represent hand movements with a mouse and are carefully honed to convey a sense of movement, of action, of confidence. The process becomes quite reactionary, in that, there’s an exercise in saying “this movement works, and (maybe more importantly) this one does not.”

The work is printed on an aluminum plate that both gives the final product a modern feel while the process of infusing the image into a metal plate adds a viscosity to the color.  The video work takes this process one step further to bring literal movement into the images in combination with text and sound.