Laura Mosquera's paintings picture anonymous people within social situations, such as gallery openings and dinner parties, isolated against expansive fields of vibrant color and floating geometries that create a certain spatial dynamic and dislocation. Her flat figures and backgrounds are generic depictions of people in places. However, poses, clothing and colors are taken from snapshots, and occasionally magazines, conspicuously reflecting contemporary fashions and urban culture. The multi-colored and patterned clothes have a highly stylized retro-chic sensibility, as do the cocktail lounge-like settings on which the cutout figures are pasted. Architectural designs exist on the same plane and carry equal importance to the characters on stage in these cinematic narratives pantomiming the inconsequential moments of everyday exchanges.
The postures--classic contraposto, casual slouching, arms folded or on the hip, hidden or gesturing hands--reveal as much as the clothes or surroundings and allow us to read the dialogue between the lines. Mosquera's paintings illustrate the at times estranged disaffection of social interactions, when despite the physical proximity to others there is a paradoxical sense of detachment and quiet alienation. They silhouette the strained disconnection of interpersonal communication and relationships.
The plastic colors and graphic devices of Mosquera's paintings, as well as the common social arena they portray, serve to dress the psychological and cultural insights they so astutely represent.