Laura Napier's work explores behavior, sociology, and place through still and moving image, installation, and participatory and collaborative performance. Her current project, Sea of Oil, focuses on places where oil, gas, and petrochemical industries are embedded, including Houston, Texas, where she resided for six years. Gathering stories and objects through personal exchange, Sea of Oil looks at how oil and gas culture intersects with everyday life, as we are faced with massive, global climate change.
Recently Napier presented Sea of Oil as a lecture-performance for the closing of the online conference Experiences of Oil, co-produced by Stavanger Art Museum and Curatorial Practice, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen, Norway. In 2019, she released her artist book, “Sea of Oil: Story Circle Show & Tell,” alongside a solar powered video installation and exhibition of objects at the Solar Studios at Rice University, with the Center for Environmental Studies, supported by a Houston Arts Alliance grant and the Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology. She is an alumna of the Creative Climate Leadership programme, led by Julie's Bicycle in partnership with global collaborators at Biosphere 2 in Arizona.
Napier earned a M.F.A in Photography with the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and holds a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.