Laura Oczos is a contemporary artist based in Wollongong, NSW. After initially completing a Fine Arts degree and participating in several small group shows, she began to focus on her work in special education, teaching students with internalising and externalising mental health disorders. In 2019 after a 14-year hiatus, she returned to painting.
Oczos paints imagined landscapes that are autobiographical in nature. She is interested in the dynamic nature of memory and draws on past and present experiences to create work that often combines multiple points of view and captures the spirit of the moment rather than exact places. Her work explores how memory and meaning can change through retelling and remembering. Utilising various painterly and mark making techniques, these memories become preserved and emerge as maps; visual timestamps that provide proof of her existence.
Her work has been collected both nationally and internationally and has featured in Art Edit, Home Designs Australia, House and Garden UK and World of Interiors magazines.
Prizes / Awards
2020 - Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize
2021 - Finalist Lethbridge 20000
2021 - Finalist National Capital Art Prize.
2022 - Finalist Art to Art Unearthed Prize
2022 - Finalist National Capital Art Prize
2022 - Highly Commended National Capital Art Prize
2022 - Artwork selected to be part of the Floriade Sounds of Spring exhibition
2022 - Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize