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Eileen Quinlan discusses her work Laura.

Quinlan’s forays into abstract photography are grounded in feminist history and material culture. For Sophia Quinlan photographed a folded and draped yoga mat—an emblem of social well-being and contemporary life style. This work bears a name taken from one of the thirty-nine famous women featured in Judy Chicago’s feminist art installation The Dinner Party (1979). In Laura Quinlan construes another gendered form of abstraction, again using the yoga mat as motif. In making this work she experimented with expired black-and-white film that is designed to yield both a Polaroid picture and a viable negative. The film, however, failed to fully develop, creating an accidental double pinnacle form; the artist scanned and colorized the black-and-white film digitally. She titled the work Laura after the character Laura Palmer in David Lynch’s early 1990s television series Twin Peaks.