Exploring my impact on the environment
Hi, I'm Lauren, welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm an abstract artist with a love for the colour pink and a passion for the environment.
My art is inspired by my personal exploration into climate change, deforestation and other environmental issues. Through my art I hope to raise awareness around these topics and in turn inspire others to learn more about these environmental issues.
I'm always open to collaborations, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Why not follow me over on Instagram and get to know me better.
Made From Scraps - March 2nd 2019, SPACE VancouverSticky Show - March 30th, 2019, Arts Factory Vancouver
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Made From Scraps
Made From Scraps - This piece was created for a group show organised by Vancouver Art Community and SPACE.
40 + artists were each given a square tile of hemlock wood to do with whatever they wanted.
I decided against painting directly onto the wood tile; I loved the idea of having my painting raised so you could see the beautiful knots of the hemlock wood. I painted onto birch plywood using heavy body acrylic paints. My inspiration was the birth of a tree sapling growing out of an old dying tree. I always feel like it's so beautiful to witness that in the forests. Using my go to pinks and burnt oranges as a base, I finished my painting with a seed growing out of the hemlock wood's crack.
I kept the whole piece rather rustic looking on purpose. I varnished and lightly sanded down the hemlock wood, I also kept the edges around the birch plywood unpainted. I used aluminium ferrules to raise the painting off the hemlock. Finally I hammered it all together with brass nails!
I created 8 pieces of artwork for HotArtWetCity's Post-it note show at The Art Factory, Vancouver.
140 + artists took part in this show and we each created between 6-10 pieces of art on post-it notes.
The inspiration around my artwork was focused on my learnings from the palm oil industry. I first started by doing research into the impact of this industry on our environment. This then allowed me to start drawing shapes from the research, such as trees, fruit and products that contain palm oil. I then abstracted these drawings into lines and symbols which in turn I pulled into my artwork.
I'm always looking at ways to reduce my waste in my art practice so I used left over paint from a previous body of work. Of course, it was pink ;)
Overall the impact of the palm oil industry is vast. If you're interested in finding out more about its impact, you can watch this video.
"Tracts of land are being cleared to make way for palm plantations, releasing vast quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere and giving poachers easy access to endangered Helmeted Hornbills" - Audubon 2016
Before I Knew, Now I Know
Before I knew, now I know is a personal project for me. Within this series I created 13 pieces, the smaller of the lot are on watercolour paper, the larger 3 are on recycled Bristol Paper.
The meaning behind these pieces focus on my journey from Devon, UK to Vancouver, Canada. With intricate lines made using my Nikko G nib, I focused on all the lessons I've learnt and the changes I've made towards reducing my impact on the environment. The ink blots are a nod to my psychology days with take on the rorschach inkblot tests. You see what you need to see in these pieces. For me, many of them show turmoil and light at the end of the tunnel.
I added an abstracted shape of mountains onto each piece to represent my move to Vancouver - this was made using my reusable Molotow acrylic pen.
I then finally "signed" each piece with pink acrylic paint.