Lauren attended Herron School of Art and Design for her undergraduate education, earning a B.F.A. with a concentration in painting and printmaking in 2003. She then attended the University of Tennessee for graduate school, and received her M.F.A. with a concentration in printmaking in 2006. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN., and a solo exhibition at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN. She has also participated in group exhibitions in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Chicago.
The pursuit of beauty, and bringing beauty into the sphere of the viewer are two of my most imperative roles as an artist. Through the printed surface and the sculptural form I repeatedly reference the inherent design, beauty, and abundant multiplicity found within the natural world—in the guise of colors, shapes, and patterns. Although the objects I create are rarely realistic copies of specific objects from nature, I often utilize references to roots, flowers, coral, barnacles, cells, and fungi. Observing and researching these objects and their components gives me insight and ideas about how to build my own structures in an aesthetically pleasing way. The sculptural forms then emerge from a sort of parallel universe.
I am drawn to the process of developing a body of individual pieces that make up a collective whole. Large groups of smaller pieces joined together by distance or by a physical connection contain a different kind of significance and presence than an individual piece. This relates to the human arena as well; as individuals we are unique and intrinsically different from our neighbor, but community is something we were designed for, and ultimately need in order to survive—spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Our relational interactions with others are probably the most important and rewarding things we will invest in during our lives. The importance of community is therefore a concept I am interested in and am currently exploring by building my own colonies of forms.
Achieving a visual balance with an emphasis on layers of detail is always a goal when I am in the process of creating work. Sensory richness is important, so I use combinations of various materials, including paper, wood, paint, ink, thread, resin, and wax. All the different print processes and sculptural materials that I utilize are important, and the more facets and details I put into the pieces, the more there is for the viewer to explore and discover. In my current work, I aim to create environments that place the viewer in an arena where beauty is seen as relevant and acceptable, and can evoke emotions such as joy, hope, curiosity, contentment, yearning, and delight.
With all of my work I seek to create echoes of nature albeit alien or familiar, that invite you to slow down and enjoy the acts of observing and investigating. Anyone visiting the artwork should encounter an environment where they can be met and beguiled by beauty.