Laura Hosaluk’s creative practice – spanning painting, found objects, furniture and sculpture – was formed during her childhood in the rich creative community that gathered around her father – the wood artist Michael Hosaluk. Her versatility to move between mediums enables her to express herself in a variety of ways.Hosaluk says, “My love for working with my hands comes from playing in my father’s woodshop with my brothers and sister as a child. Being born into an artistic community, I identified at an early age with these creative people who would become my peer group. I was encouraged to see myself as an equal and was told that my ideas were good and worthy ones. I was influenced early in life to make stuff.”
Born in 1983, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk had the opportunity to absorb how to be an artist – not only from her father, but also the many students and colleagues who worked beside him in his workshop, many of whom became her mentors and friends. The foundation of her education began in 1994 when she attended her first International Woodturning Conference in Saskatoon, SK. In 1996 Hosaluk began attending the Emma Lake International Collaboration, an innovative workshop model for un-structured creative collaboration between artists working in traditional craft and those engaged in contemporary method.
Hosaluk’s exposure to fine woodturning led to a role as the assistant director of The Woods Gallery, in Ketchum, ID. Hosaluk was an artist in resident at Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon, SK. There with her aunt, Hosaluk pioneered an interdisciplinary, cross-curricular approach to art-based leaning, titled: Opening The Door. Hosaluk has been instrumental in creating a youth arts and community project, “Youth Leading Youth,” for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Saskatoon. This program directly educated children about Aboriginal culture through a series of after school programs. Hosaluk worked on a four-year project, “The Peace Tree Project,” with the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival; which was completed in 2013 when the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary. Hosaluk was also the coordinator of the biannual Emma International Collaboration for four years.
Laura Hosaluk lives and has her studio in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.