Lauren Clay

ddressing feelings of lost cultural identity and sitelessness, this work investigates ideas of the self as discerned through the lense of place and site. The search is influenced by various mythologies of place, such as the inherited place, found through home and community; the internal place which exists in the psyche or imagination; and the discovered place, found through study or travel. Mimicking archetypes of utopia and the sublime found in various traditions, my sculptures and drawings are often constructed out of overabundant repetitions of pure form. These visionary assemblages of escape and "D-I-Y" identity are constructed out of paper: a material that references its own susceptability.

Inverted Continuum, 2008

Acrylic on cut paper, acrylic mirror, papier mâché, wood
45" x 27" x 10 1/2"

Emptying Marco Polo's Knapsack, 2008

Acrylic on cut paper, acetate, papier mâché
31" x 20" x 10"

Constructing Visions for Kublai Khan, 2008

Acrylic on cut paper, acrylic mirror, foam
8 1/2" x 13" x 13"

Within You or Without You--Magenta Fade, 2008

Gouache on Paper
14" x 11"

Within You or Without You--Opera Fade, 2008

Gouache on Paper
14" x 11"

Within You or Without You--Red Fade, 2008

Gouache on Paper
14" x 11"

Within You or Without You--Violet Fade, 2008

Gouache on Paper
14" x 11"


Visual artist Lauren Clay received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery, project room, New York; Tilt Gallery and Project Space, Portland, Oregon; and Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia. In 2007 Clay was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Henry Street Settlement and a participant of Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Upcoming exhibits and projects include a group exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts titled Living and Dreaming, and a solo exhibit at Larissa Goldston Gallery. Clay was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

32 Poems
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