Painting is my solace-
It’s the place where the chaos of the outer world turned in can dismantle and reorganize itself into an intuitive sensibility, an aesthetic elegance.
My influences; fragments of dreams, visions and the complexity of an omnipresent force I crave to bring to form.
Over twenty five years of painting I have risked- deconstructed—
-shuffled-veiled- denied- wrestled- reckoned with and resurrected surface
over and over again. It’s to date my longest standing relationship and I hold deep reverence to the process.
I search out, hold space and wait for the in between places-the relational glimpses of ephemeral frequencies that sometimes imagines it’s way through me. Mutating form and color into boundaries and tension points is what informs the process.
Sometimes the paintings happen quickly, the initial spark of a gesture and completed narration found in playful juxtaposition of textures and minimal hues of contrast.
But most often- I labor. Paintings built up over time. Layers of paint on top of paint hiding and obscuring. A palimpsest of surface, effaced with traces of beginnings at the end. These hold potent energy for me- life force.
I work to capture the ethereal, to find the intelligence in aesthetic beauty, shape shifting vibration, care taking light.
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BIO/ Lauren Mantecón, American abstract painter, was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1964 and grew up moving between the east and west coasts, negotiating the terrain of identity and place in the middle. She earned her BA in conceptual photography from California State University, Fullerton and her MFA from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Lauren’s work has been featured since 1990 in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally.
She has been the recipient of numerous awarded art residencies that include: Djerassi (Woodside, California), Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, Oregon), and Jentel (Banner, Wyoming).
Lauren has been an educator of mixed media approaches to art for over twenty years, having taught at University of Portland, Portland State University, and Santa Fe Community College, and as a workshop instructor on the Alchemy of Mixed Media and Painting, focusing on unconventional techniques to the creative process.
Lauren currently lives, works, and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“My work embodies a lifelong fascination with the inexplicable mysteries of life. Each painting elicits complex layered surfaces exploring a multitude of materials and paint in combination with ephemeral subject matter.” LM