Laura Spencer aka “Miss Crit”
St. Pete, Florida
Sunnymooners Face Spinner, Digital Illustration printed on PVC panel, Mounted on Lazy SusanFlamingo Passion Face Spinner, Digital Illustration printed on PVC panel, Mounted on Lazy Susan
For Fairgrounds, Laura created a mini series called Florida Face Spinners. These dimensional, interactive illustrations capture weird and wild aspects of Florida’s tropical landscape. Tucked neatly amongst the kipple and kitsch of the Mermaid Dressing Room, these psychedelic spinners engage the viewer in wacky, tacky and wonderful Florida vibes. Simply spin the edge of each piece to turn the heads right side up and upside down. Made from expanded PVC, these pieces are durable and easily sterilized. Much like Fairgrounds, there is no one right way to experience the Florida Face Spinners.
A little bit spooky and a little bit psychedelic, Miss Crit designs with her third-eye wide open. With a background in Fine Art and Illustration, she brings together traditional techniques and innovative digital technology. Throughout it all, her work is about storytelling. Whether illustrating graphics for a museum or designing immersive sculptures for music festivals, Miss Crit communicates through a visual narrative. Good design and illustration should transform the written word and transcend cultural barriers. Through research, Miss Crit homogenizes symbols and archetypes to create for a universally shared experience. As an illustrator, it’s important to be a chameleon: able to wear many hats and emulate a variety of styles. However, no matter the style or genre, Miss Crit always executes her concepts with impeccable craftsmanship and keen attention to detail. In recent years, Miss Crit has turned her attention towards creating more than just 2D work. She has collaborated with sculptors and fabricators and harmonized across disciplines to work with actors and performance artists. Throughout it all, visual storytelling prevails. Miss Crit states, “I want my audience to feel completely immersed in the story; entranced, transformed. Through their experiences, they become the narrators of their own stories.”