Laurie Gross is nationally recognized for her extraordinarily inspiring and spiritually based artwork. Inspired by biblical text, midrashic material and Jewish tradition she creates work that embodies universal themes, rich in metaphors. Her studio has expanded over the past decade to include a staff of accomplished artists who, together as a team, are involved in creating some of the finest work that is currently being designed for synagogue worship environments.
Seven of the studio's synagogue projects have received national awards in the area of religious art from the American Institute of Architects and The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture. Her studio has expanded over the past decade to include a number of accomplished artists and crafts people who, together as a team, are involved in creating some of the finest work that is currently being designed for synagogue worship environments.
My process as an artist involves reaching into the past and using those influences to move into the future. I hold memories of traveling through the lower east side of NYC with my paternal grandfather as he called on customers in Judaica stores where he sold torah binders and other objects. I still hold dearly the memories of my maternal grandmother who taught me the skills of sewing at a young age, each time I sit at the sewing machine or make a stitch of embroidery.
Over 28 years ago, I began with an idea that I continue to explore today. Bringing together my skills as a craftsperson, my insights as an artist, along with my Jewish identity, I started an inquiry beginning with the tallit. Through the use of this ritual object as a sculptural form, I have delved into my tradition and learned from many sources. I have expanded my understanding and developed a visual language to communicate what I have learned and understood through this body of artwork.
This journey has resulted in my own personal growth and understanding as a Jewish woman; it has enriched my spiritual and daily life. It has provided me with an identity and a place for myself within the greater Jewish community. My opportunities through this work have exceeded my expectations. I have moved from the exploration of the personal body of work into the arena of creating objects and collaborating with others to effect the worship environment of synagogues and bring Jewish content into community buildings.