Laurie Palmer is an artist, writer, and teacher currently employed in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work, which takes form as sculpture, installation, writing, and public art, is concerned with material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds, and with collaborating on strategic actions in the contexts of social and environmental justice.
Palmer collaborated with the artist group Haha for 20 years on site- and community-based projects, and more recently, with Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), which helped win historic reparations legislation for African Americans tortured by Chicago police. Her book In the Aura of a Hole: Exploring Sites of Material Extraction (Black Dog, London, 2014) investigates what happens to places where materials are removed from the ground, and how these materials move between the earth and our bodies. The Lichen Museum is a work in progress.