Laura Lappi is interested in observing and examining how architecture and spatial environments influence our perceptions and affect reality; in particular, her focus is on the experience and emotional charge of different places and the fluid boundaries between reality and fiction. Her sculptural practice explores the relationship between physical spaces, man-made structures, and the human mind – the psychogeography of places.


The starting point of her work usually comes from a real, existing location, which she explores by researching its history and geography. Based on these places, she creates sculptures and site-specific installations, using photography and videography as a means to document them.


Laura Lappi was born and raised in Finland, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in The Netherlands and currently live and work in Queens, NY. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Firetti Contemporary, Dubai (2024), Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki (2023), Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (2020), Lorimoto Gallery, Queens (2019), The Yard, Colorado Springs (2018) and Galleria Uusi Kipinä, Lahti (2016). Her group exhibitions include Abu Dhabi Art Fair (Abu Dhabi), Bronx Museum AIM Biennial (New York), Equity Gallery (New York), Firetti Contemporary (Dubai), DIFC Sculpture Park (Dubai), Trestle Gallery (New York), Riihimäki Art Museum (Riihimäki), Galleria Titanik (Turku), Kunstpodium T (Tilburg), Roodkapje (Rotterdam), Twente Biennale (Enschede), Re:Rotterdam International Art Fair (Rotterdam), Supermarket Art Fair (Stockholm) and Recyclart Art Center (Brussels).


Lappi’s residencies include Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, Marble House Projects in Dorsett, SÍM in Reykjavik and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. She has been awarded grants from the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York, Alfred Kordelin Foundation Finland, The Queens Council on the Arts, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Finnish Cultural Foundation and fellowships at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and NYFA in New York. Her work has been featured in Theorema, Hyperallergic, Helsingin Sanomat, Brooklyn Rail, New York Magazine, Shot Magazine, Marie Claire HK, Culture Volt, Secret NYC, NY Art Beat, Kateigaho Japan, COS Independent, and Metro US among others. Lappi’s art works have been acquired by Serlachius Museum in Finland.


Contact: laura(at)

Portrait by Alisa Poturaeva