embroidery, encaustic, stencils
Lauren first moved to the Boston area to attend a dual-degree program at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, focusing on Sociology and Fine Arts. She moved away and worked as a snowboard instructor, bartender and freelance graphic designer before returning to Somerville in 2006 to study Art Therapy at Lesley University.
Lauren has been a member of Washington Street Studios since 2008. She uses her space for working in embroidery, encaustic painting, and stenciling and for meeting with clients of her Art Therapy private practice.
I explore themes of connection and communication through drawing, embroidery, encaustic painting, and stenciling. Using subject matter from personal experience in an earnest and sometimes humorous way, I play with the relationship between the internal/private and the external/deliberate. By illustrating difficult situations or emotions with levity, personal themes are depicted in a more universal way.
Through my work I illustrate the tension, complexity, and occasional absurdity of emotionally charged situations with the intent that the viewer will find their own associations.
Working in different mediums allows me to find new ways of exploring similar themes and each medium has unique properties that serve to deepen these themes for me through the process of making the pieces. I choose to work in embroidery because it is a deliberate and meditative practice. I am drawn to the inherent metaphor that comes out of the process of encaustic painting - the translucent layers and surreal, ethereal quality of the medium speaks to the space that exists between self and other. Stenciling allows for repetition and layering to illustrate the sometimes-obsessive thinking that happens when working through emotionally-fraught interpersonal experiences.