Name: Lauren Smith
1. Describe your methods for creating art.
When faced with a blank canvas or a white sheet of paper, I feel the urge to destroy it. Nothing is more mocking than the color white. Armed with an outrageous paintbox I attack the painting with color. I lay down down paint quickly just to get my hand in the piece. As the painting develops I slow down and consider light, texture, and a generous amount of artistic license when considering color. Blocked portions of color pool into their complimentary creating cracks of pigment I can not control. Having a fervent attitude while maintaining a sense of chance in my painting may seem contradictory, however it is this balance that continues to surprise and inspire me.
2. What are you most inspired by?
Stained glass has been a constant source of inspiration for me not merely for its material or context but for its light. The colors a glass window can display so vividly when pierced with sunlight has inspired an entire aesthetic for my watercolors. I tend to compartmentalize even in my personal life, which also reflects in my painting style.
3. What are your long term goals for your practice?
My watercolors will always play an important role in my artistic endeavors, however I firmly believe in experimentation in material. For myself, I explore many different mediums including fiber, glass, and ornamental objects, but my bread and butter will forever be painting. I hope to inspire the imagination with my illustrations and also to encourage a new way of looking at the natural world.
4. List three adjectives that describe you
Colorful, Playful, Zealous
5. What hobbies do you have outside of making art?
Recently I have delved into the world of sustainable agriculture. While maintaining a rooftop garden over the summer I’ve volunteered at Chicago City Farm and found myself constantly bulldozing through books on the food industry and the politics involved over vegetation. Basically my 2 great loves: Art and FOOD.
6. Who are your favorite artists? Why?
Gustav Klimt- because he is a genius
Eric Carle- because he inspired me from day 1
Peggy Macnamera- because she reminds me it’s ok to be lost and confused every day of your life
7. If you could have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be?
8. If you could only have three materials to work with for the rest of your life, what would they be?
the windsor & newton travel watercolor set, a nice # 6 round tipped brush, and a glass of red wine
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