Meet Laura Meilman, a Boston artist from New York who is madly in love with Boston. Discover how Laura finds inspiration in the MBTA. Check out her story below.
Can you tell me about your background?
I am originally from Ithaca, New York but I graduated with an art degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. I moved to Boston in 2011 because living in a city appealed to me and I had an opportunity to sublet a room here. I was also interested in living in a city because of access to public transit. Since moving here, I have earned an Illustration Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
When and why did you start making art? Any story behind it?
I have been making art my whole life, really since I could hold a crayon. It is something I have always loved. I spent high school reading comic books and copying those art styles. When I first got to college, I didn’t know what I wanted to major in but it became clear by the end of my first semester that I was incredibly excited about all of the coursework in the art department. I have really continued down that path ever since.
Who/what inspired you to become the person you are today?
Where are you finding ideas for your artwork these days?
Why you choose Boston subway system as one of the themes of your artwork?
I started my project to draw all of the subways stops in Boston at a point in my life when I really wanted to travel and make artwork but I didn’t have the means to go very far so I decided to explore my own city. A former co-worker suggested going to all of the commuter rail stations, but I opted for subways instead. The subway stations tend not to be seen as traditionally beautiful so they definitely captured my interest for that reason as well.