Laurel Prafke (BFA 1987)
Blue Heaven seems appropriate for a Michigan school exhibit. Lake Michigan is ever present while at home, in Ludington. The drive between Ann Arbor and Ludington, as a student was arduous, meaning: finding a ride home! After the long drive, we often wished to drive directly to the park on the lake and walk the 1/4 mile pier, to feel even more the presence of Lake Michigan. Painted after a storm, feeling the distance across into the space where the clouds meet the water. Happy Birthday Michigan!
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.