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Lauren Parent
Oakland, CA

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For me, painting is a process of mapping the unknown. This process is less about creating and more about finding or observing something: an object or mark on the page you might otherwise overlook because it seems insignificant. I work in layers, so as a piece develops, I have the option to consider the previous layer in a new way. How the details relate to each other, how negative and positive space fluctuates, how an overlay of color can change the meaning or feeling of a piece. In this painting, I am focusing on details in a very literal way: by using numbers to indicate areas of void, really just little blips on the page. I have a soft spot for these voids. They seem to reflect that the little things in life are the most important, but unfortunately, you don't always notice them until they are gone. This is true when you lose something, but also when you destroy something. Although unplanned, this piece is undoubtedly a landscape. I think these ideas of observing, controlling, and losing all connect to human's fragile relationship with the land. As humans we have explored this unknown island, we have conquered it, and we search for fleeting moments of beauty to hold on to.



born: 1978, Rutland, Vermont


California College of the Arts, MFA, 2008
Skidmore College, BFA, 2000

selected publications

Invisible City 05: Mapping:, 2009

selected group shows

Pro Arts Juried 2010, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland CA, 2010
'A' Class, Hang Art Annex, San Francisco, CA, 2008
Destination San Francisco, Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA, 2008

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