With clay as a primary medium, I make objects and temporal installations about mourning and loss. The environments I create convert ordinary spaces into sober, quieted places. Responding to the site, I oftenutilize non-traditional lighting, such as handmade light cords to subvert the gallery and create quieted sober spaces. Adding materials and textures reflects my curiosity in decrepit spaces such as abandoned buildings. Objects I create come from personal encounters while sifting through the remains of a building’s inhabitants. Porcelain is my clay of choice for its strength and fragility, white appearance, and translucency. Taking cracked and broken handmade porcelain objects, I layer each piece in a repetitive manner, creating crags and crevices, messes, and masses. This act mimics the emotional layering and respective cycles of bereavement. The physicality of the material becomes a metaphor for the human condition. Working spontaneously or in a stream of conscious manner allows raw emotion and gesture to emerge through the material.
Lauren Herzak-Bauman’s Denouement exhibits in the Main Gallery from August 14th to September 12th, 2014. Her opening reception is on the 14th, 8 – 10 pm, with her artist talk occurring the same evening at 7:30 pm.