'My work is an attempt at conveying the turmoil of existence, the multitude of contradictory facets which make us the fallible, beautiful creatures that we are. It is about life, for what else can Art be?”
Born in 1987, Lauren grew up in Hastings, where she currently lives with her partner Stuart and their two felines Hamish and Maisy. She studied at Hastings College of Art and Technology before moving to Hereford to undertake a degree in Contemporary Applied Arts, with a year in Artist Blacksmithing. For nine years, Lauren was a teacher and then Head of Arts at a secondary school in the South East, where she led on the Visual and Performing Arts curriculums. In this role, she was a passionate advocate for the Arts in education, working with galleries, artists, arts organisations, and the local community to promote the power of creativity in learning and development. The empowering, healing, and informative language of creativity is something that Lauren continues to advocate through her community project work.
Attempting to acclimatise to chronic illness and disability, Lauren has focussed on her artwork as a means of processing the terror, grief and uncertainty that comes when one loses control of their body, life, and old way of living.
Lauren’s interests are wide and varied, including anatomy, psychology, anthropology, mental health, equality, philosophy, empathy, culture, protest, society, intersectional feminism, language, science, literature and poetry, nature and mortality. She spends a lot of time researching these subjects which only adds to her joy, confusion, and despair.
Communication, exploration, hope, pain, confusion and fear are recurring elements in her work alongside the idea of internal landscapes and personal geometry. At its core, Lauren’s work is an explicit and personal exploration of conflict and duality. Although there is a strong autobiographical element in her work, with explorations of her own mental health, female experience and physical disabilities, Lauren views these elements as a way in to developing a wider language that evokes a universal human experience..