Laugesen’s essential lines of equine shapes reduce the animals to elegant essences. Her bases of steel or wood add artful elements of design, juxtapositions that complement the ceramics. She might incorporate an artifact, as well, in her mixed-media sculptures.
On Laugesen’s website, her artist statement notes, “With a nod toward ancient artifacts of countless civilizations, my sculptures intentionally appear as relics, treasures to honor the profound age-old human relationship with these magnificent creatures.”
Laugesen credits her relationship with her childhood horse, Tic Tac, as inspiration for all the equine sculptures she creates.
“Horses and sculpting always bring me comfort,” Laugesen says. “I guess these pieces are emotionally helping me navigate this turbulent time.”