Frequently employing an experimental approach to odd and unlikely materials, I mesh craft, sculpture, and photo-based processes into the reproduction of objects and experiences. The resulting works offer up alternative narratives for personal, cultural, and institutional histories that are underscored by a quirky dark humor. These intertwined processes have coalesced into a variety of topical projects, such as hand-crafted reproductions of natural history dioramas made from household cast-offs; the reconstruction of a small town museum in Newfoundland that appeared to have been assembled by a misguided PTA committee; a collection of specimens from the Museum of Canine Eugenics; models of the melting snows of Kilimanjaro; and a museum of counterfeit moon rocks.
My most recent photo-based project, Industry Unraveled, explores the decline of industry in the Rust Belt and the subsequent dominance of Walmart culture and web-based commerce. The photographs that I’ve taken in Northeast Ohio are uploaded to Walmart’s website where my images are produced as digitally woven photographs. I subsequently deconstruct the photographic weavings by selectively pulling threads from the image. Removing threads from the photo-weaving creates a visual impression that the image is dematerializing and slipping away into a pile of disconnected threads that are cascading towards the floor.
Lauren Davies’ work has been presented at SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio; Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio; ‘sindikit project, Baltimore, Maryland; Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, Ohio; Richard Nelson Gallery, University of California-Davis, Davis, California; The Exploratorium, San Francisco, California; and de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at Djerassi in Woodside, California; The Lab, San Francisco, California; and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Davies has been the recent recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Excellence Awards and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant for 2016-2017. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America amongst many other publications. Davies is currently based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Experience the art of Lauren Davies in Peripheral Vision No. 8
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