Lauren Shapiro 

 
 

In a society obsessed with instant gratification, disposable ethics and relationships; my work fights the current, battling back with the difficult practice of ritual and repetition, coupled with meditation and focus on a process-oriented paradigm. My work considers the physical and spiritual ramifications of our throwaway culture with a return to an ancestral method. Artisan history and natural law has imprinted on my process, which is centered on the production by hand rather than machine. The fragility of the pieces becomes a metaphor for the precarious balance of chaos and control. As I lose myself in these analog processes, I am pushing back against the mass-production of industrialization and emerging technologies.
 


Lauren is a visual artist and educator living in Miami, Florida in the United States. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Miami and is a Visual arts faculty member at several institutions in South Florida. She has developed a multi-step casting process in clay that begins with folded origami paper as the prototypes for plaster molds, resulting in modular sculptures and installations which reference systems and visual orders found in nature. Her work ultimately blurs the line between ephemeral and perennial objects. Lauren has been a resident artist at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, China, where she observed and learned about post-production processes of industrial mold making and porcelain slip casting. She has exhibited during Art Basel Miami at Scope Art fair, the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) and she has showcased her work internationally during Art Basel Switzerland at Projektraum M54. Lauren is a current artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami in addition to serving as Head of the Ceramics Studio. In her most recent work, Lauren is exploring ephemeral site-specific works in unfired clay and recording the subsequent decay as a metaphor for the long-term effects of climate change in landscapes.

 

Studio #22
Medium: Ceramics
Birth Place: South Florida