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Laura Wagner

Laura Wagner's (New Haven, CT) series of prints entitled Cannibal Debutantes is inspired by illustrations from 1950s cookbooks. Borrowing the cheerful imagery of happy housewives teaching obedient daughters how to prepare a meal, she has injected them with a macabre humor through the use of dismantled body parts. Critic Ana Finel Honigman wrote, “Biting through the banality, Wagner's sharp, smart imagery reveals the complex humanity buried behind plastic-fantastic images of perfection.”

Wagner was born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised in Nepal, Bangladesh and Michigan. She received her BA in Visual Art from Brown University, Providence, RI, in 2005 and moved to Philadelphia in fall of that year. Her work has been included in several group exhibitions including those at the Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ; Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA and The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA. She was included in The Print Center’s 81st Annual International Competition: Printmaking in 2007 and was the recipient of The Print Center’s Solo Exhibition Award.