While the processes and media Lauren have used has been varied, the visual language and symbols have stayed consistent over time.
Clouds, orbs, strings, pearl like forms, eggs and spheres set against deep layers have dominated the work. Lauren states “ I am looking to build and hide mark making by creating veils and a sense of history that is found in painting and by creating a visual dialogue between what can not be seen but can be felt.
Her more recent practice dictates a slightly different variation- the grain of wood; ink, gesso and paint are kept in their initial gestural stages. A deliberate style of mark making relishing a complete dialogue within the unfinished and ambiguous. Structured intention balance with spontaneous composition. She is following what the French poet Francis Ponge called “The law of determining indeterminates."
Currently represented by Friesen Gallery in Kethum, ID, Muse Gallery in Columbus, Ohio and Hilton Head, South Carolina, Mark Woolley Gallery in Portland, OR and Imogen Gallery in Astoria, OR. Lauren has exhibited her work extensively across the Western United States, as well as in New York and Mexico.
She is a current recipient of The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant, 2015 and has been awarded numerous art residencies that include, Djerassi, Woodside CA, Santa Fe Art institute and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM.
Lauren spent her childhood moving between the East and West Coasts, negotiating the terrain of identity and place in the middle. After settling in Southern California as a young adult, she earned her BA in conceptual photography from Cal State Fullerton, where she was deeply influenced by the work of Cindy Sherman and Lorna Simpson, who worked in self/cultural photo documentation.
Lauren earned her MFA from Portland State University, in 1997 in which she began to deepen her focus on transcendence and beauty leading to a visual practice anchored in navigating the crossing points between the material world and the atmosphere of spirit. Lauren currently resides in New Mexico and teaches workshops on the creative process in art centers around the country and in her Santa Fe studio. Visit: mantecon studio for more information.