Laura Hallen creates mixed-media artworks from unusual materials, ranging from tutus to toasted marshmallows, cotton to fishing lures all framed inside plexi box casings. Hallen’s work explores an especially girly aesthetic, which as a former tomboy and still avid gardener, makes her creative process feel like having a party. Her pieces act much like skin, protecting innards coursing and exploding inside a sanitized, neat container. Hallen’s objective: to make special because she “just has to”, an approach that serves her well as her work morphs into new structures and the party moves onward.