Laurie Ihlenfield first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. After years of traveling and living in various cities and countries she moved to and settled in Columbus where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design. She recently completed a graduate degree at Columbus College of Art and Design.
The artist's exposure to a variety of cities and cultures has cultivated an interest in the way humans arrange and react to environment. The artist examines the environment man creates for himself to exist in. She examines the role of order in the arrangement of nature from the rows of trees that line the streets to the gridded structures of the city. The push toward order is constantly being challenged by nature and time. The artists work is a nod to the romantic notion of nature as a force that can be altered but not ignored.