Laura Ball

Within the subconscious, our faults and fears, shortcomings and struggles, manifest in corporeal form and appear in dreams either as monsters or as encounters that threaten our survival. We journey inward in these dreams, crossing the thresholds and boundaries of our mental landscape until we reach the core of the psyche. It is in this realm that life-saving and sustaining battles unfold, and the monsters we encounter change before us as the definition of evil and good moves from black-and-white to shades of gray. The primal nature of our internal impulses and their dream-world expressions are given the freedom to unfold in a place where moral weight and the laws of physics are suspended, and acts of aggression, violence and sexuality serve as productive steps towards conquering our Jungian “shadow” and slaying the monsters that hold us back from a healthy progression in our daily lives.

Laura Ball's work combines her technical achievements in watercolor with an ongoing part-psychoanalytical, part-environmental project she has explored over the last ten years. A recipient of numerous awards and grants, Ball has exhibited in galleries across the United States and internationally. Her work is in important private and public collections, including recent additions to the Denver Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Ball received her MFA in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley. Ball lives and works in San Diego, California.

  • Laura Ball Cerebus Mandala Laura Ball
    Cerebus Mandala
  • Laura Ball Griffin Mandala Laura Ball
    Griffin Mandala
  • Laura Ball Macaw Mandala Laura Ball
    Macaw Mandala
  • Laura Ball Chimera Laura Ball
    Chimera
  • Laura Ball Ganesh Laura Ball
    Ganesh
  • Laura Ball Weeping Willow (Tree of Life) Laura Ball
    Weeping Willow (Tree of…
  • Laura Ball Hydra Laura Ball
    Hydra
  • Laura Ball Love Story Laura Ball
    Love Story
  • Laura Ball Rebirth Laura Ball
    Rebirth
  • Laura Ball Guardian of the Gateway Laura Ball
    Guardian of the Gateway
  • Laura Ball King Laura Ball
    King
  • Laura Ball Crossing Over (Angalifu and Nola) Laura Ball
    Crossing Over (Angalifu and…
  • Laura Ball Laura Ball: Minotaur (Catalogue) Laura Ball
    Laura Ball: Minotaur (Catalogue)
  • Laura Ball Minotaur: Installation View Laura Ball
    Minotaur: Installation View
  • Laura Ball Lonesome Laura Ball
    Lonesome
  • Laura Ball Rise 3 Laura Ball
    Rise 3
  • Laura Ball Growth - tree Laura Ball
    Growth - tree
  • Laura Ball Greening Laura Ball
    Greening