Deconstructing the Deconstruction: A Look Into Laura Hapka

Laura Hapka at  stARTup LA 2019

Laura Hapka at stARTup LA 2019

Having grown up on a potato farm in Northern Minnesota, artist Laura Hapka established a deep connection to the earth. Nature and design converge in her work, informed by years of exploration in various aesthetic styles and mediums.

At stARTup LA 2019, Laura created an intriguing installation based off of her 2018 Money-Chrome Series. Deconstructed acrylic and shredded US currency was sprinkled the bed and floor with textured, minimalist mixed media paintings hanging above. With her room, Laura explored “the monetization of my artwork and the contradiction between the cost of creation and the perceived value of art.”


After stARTup LA, we sat down to discuss Laura’s current inspirations and art practice. Here’s what she had to say with our Content Curator:

Why or when did you decide to make work?

I have been involved in art and design my entire life, but I started creating paintings/mixed media work with the purpose to show and sell in the last 4-years because I believed it was the highest form of art and creativity that I could become accomplished in as an individual.

What inspires you currently?

I am inspired to stretch the definition of painting and produce artwork that no one has seen before, yet is still beautiful and comes about conceptually and/or emotionally. I love to work with my hands and explore, invent and create.

In the Water  detail

In the Water detail

What tool or medium would you be lost without?

I would be most lost without my encaustic panels. These panels are the bases for all of my work.

Other than your art practice, what other work do you do?

At the moment, none. I am typically involved with the management of design and construction projects in corporate real estate.

Shredded Paris Agreement #1  detail

Shredded Paris Agreement #1 detail

If you could be in any museum, what would it be?

Museum of Modern Art, New York.

And if you could own any piece of art, what would it be?

Mark Rothko, No.14 (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

And finally, what’s your least favorite color?

Florescent green.


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Find Laura on Instagram: @laurahapka

Q&A by Content Curator Mica England