Lauren Shapiro explores the fusion of repetitive geometric shapes composed of ceramic materials to sculpt images recognizable as the natural systems of anthropomorphic structures. Shapiro's sculptures are designed and assembled from building blocks fabricated in a unique process that originates with folded origami paper made into in molds. Her chosen medium of ceramics allows her to explore concepts of strength versus fragility while simultaneously conveying the functional geometry of organic elements.
Lauren was born in South Florida, and holds an MFA from the University of Miami. She has been a resident artist in China at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, home of the world's finest porcelain. Shapiro's exhibition history includes the Lowe Museum of Art (Miami), the sculpture garden of the Whitespace Collection (Palm Beach), and Art Bastion (Miami). She has also exhibited during the annual Miami Art Fair week held every December with Miami Independent Thinkers gallery at Scope art fair, and Locust Projects at the New Art Dealerís Alliance (NADA). Laurenís work as been showcased in Art Basel Switzerland at Projectraum M54, with an independent exhibition project for contemporary art to cultivate artistic exchange between the different cities.
Birth Place: South Florida