March 6-25, 2015
Photo from “Common Ground,” a group exhibition featuring eight Washington, D.C.-area artists inspired by a study of the vibrant world of Korean modern and contemporary art.
Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.

February 2, 2015
Falls Church News-Press

“Contemporary Scrolls” by painter Laura Litten is on display in the Ramp Gallery. Litten created long, scroll-like drawings, which are featured in this exhibit – the scrolls are expanded, fabricated landscapes meant to convey a sense of vast space along with lovingly rendered participants in the natural world. For more information about the McLean Project for the Arts and for gallery hours, visit

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January 22, 2015

MPA’s Ramp Gallery, which because of its narrow confines usually displays two-dimensional works, currently is home to “Contemporary Scrolls: Works by Laura Litten.”

Many of the D.C.-based artist’s works are triptych-style paintings done in watercolor and ink on paper; only one, “Rabbit not Enclosed,” is executed in oil on canvas. Some have segments on either side showing a beach, ocean and sky, with the central panel devoted to another subject, such as whales or metal bolts.

A filmmaker for 25 years, Litten said the multi-panel paintings remind her of movie storyboards. Working in watercolor and ink can be challenging, she said.

“The great disadvantage is that I can’t go back,” Litten said. “When I start on a scroll, every mark stays, without possibility of erasure. It feels very risky, which is right for art making.”

She often includes unusual floating elements in her works, such as snails and rabbits. “Humor is important to me, but I am never whimsical,” she emphasizes.

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January 8-March 7, 2015
Photos from “Common Ground,” a solo exhibition at the McLean Project for the Arts.


September 20, 2014
The Washington Post

Although it’s titled “The Bellini Project,” after the 15th-century Italian painter, Laura Litten’s Studio Gallery show includes much nature imagery. All the pictures are landscapes in an extreme horizontal format, and all but one (an oil painting) meld watercolor, gouache, ink and pencil. The Chicago-forged D.C. artist uses clean colors and delicate lines to depict a whale, a pelican, a snail and some rabbits, which enter the scenes in a gently uncanny manner. Whether placed in a center panel or around the edges, the creatures are as incongruous as the inorganic objects Litten also inserts: telephones, a piano, an airplane and metal pipes and bolts. The artist writes that these juxtapositions were inspired by the strangeness of Bellini’s “Madonna and Child,” but others may think of surrealism.

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