Laura Castellanos’ Funky, Frugal Look

Laura Castellanos
Laura Castellanos by Lauren Max

WHO Laura Castellanos, the 54-year-old painter, sculptor and multimedia visual artist. Castellanos was born and raised in Manhattan and arrived in Seattle via Miami in 1991, following her desire to live in a cool rather than hot city. Castellanos’ eclectic, improvised style of work—which utilizes anything and everything at hand, including Sharpies, cloth, paint, canvas and clothes—is evident in everything she touches. “I conjure, transform and animate under my own spells,” she says.

THE LOOK “Funky frugal dandy. My trademark look is a pair of straight, men’s Levi jeans, a men’s black cotton T-shirt and a pair of Red Wing boots with colored laces. Accessories may include vintage rhinestones, cheap plastic ’60s necklaces, groovy shades from the ’70s or ’80s and some rather fabulous secondhand coats. On occasion, when a garment says, I’m boring, please do something about it, I’ll take a black Sharpie and customize it with either stenciled words or an improvised pattern.”

ICONS “I absolutely love musician Angelo Moore’s sense of style. He is fierce, highly eclectic and everything he wears is completely individualistic. I admire his DIY punk ethos and how he styles his ultra-sharp look with vintage finds and amazing African jewelry.”

UP NEXT Castellanos is working on a solo show that will debut at ArtXchange Gallery in late 2018. It’s tentatively titled Bodega, inspired by the memory of the bodega owned by her Cuban grandparents in the early ’60s. This month she launches BRUJX (brew-hex), an online shop of affordable “(un)decor and (un)fashion” items created by hand, including a limited-edition poster and one-of-a-kind T-shirts, sweatshirts and necklaces.

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