Our biological evolution teaches us that we are one with nature, though our current society tries to persuade us otherwise. Loss of connection to the natural world results in loss of self. We are born of the earth and, upon death, will return to the earth, so why then do we ignore the importance and beauty of it in the interim? In my paintings, I strive to reconnect myself and others through playful reverence of the outdoor world. I’m not looking for nature’s perfections but rather the aberrations and strangeness that can be so delightful and surprising to discover if we only take the time. It is in the careful study of those imperfections-the asymmetry of shape, the roughness of texture, the decay and impermanence of lifeforms- that we can truly understand and appreciate the imperfections in ourselves.
My current body of work is like deviating from a familiar forest path and discovering a strange garden. Each piece skirts the border between the real and the imagined like a memory of our childhood when exploring the natural world was our favorite pastime. I create my work through a blending of paint and found imagery bearing witness to nature in all its wonder and fragility. I intend for my work to remind us of the garden we loved but lost over time.
Lauren's paintings are in corporate and private business collections in Guilford County, NC, including the Cone Health Cancer Center, Greensboro Country Club, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, and Montefiore Medical Center, NY. Private collections include Greensboro, Charlotte, Linville, Raleigh, Morehead City, Figure 8 Island (North Carolina) and Atlanta, New York City, Portland, OR, Watch Hill, RI, Chicago, IL, Pasadena, CA., and Beverly Hills, CA.