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Lara Hanson

Lara Hanson is a visual and performance artist from St. Paul. She also teaches art in her studio called Moving Line Studio. Her education includes a BA in Art with Education concentration from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, two years studying drawing and painting at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. Lara’s main objective in her art practice is to discover the place where dance and drawing meet and to create a new discipline that blurs their distinction. Her practice centers on the challenge of trying to depict the movement of the human figure through the drawn line. In her performance work, she draws and moves in front of an audience. The performances are always collaborative. Most often she performs with dancers and musicians, but has worked with spoken word artists and even with her own animation. When not performing herself, she draws during rehearsals and performances by other artists (mainly modern dancers and jazz musicians, but will draw anyone/anything that moves). Besides drawing and painting, she has dabbled in animation (School of Visual Arts in New York), modern dance, and vocal performance.

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