Wildly Creative Richmond, CA Artist • Lauren Ari • Studio Visit
“My life experiences are explored and discovered through art.
When working, I do not have a finished piece in mind, but an interest in seeing where the process of making will lead. I follow each impulse to the next, allowing the investigation to unravel and reveal itself. When I’m lucky–when I trust the processes–I experience a flow and receive what feels like a gift.
Although my work is personal, I believe it taps into the universal, and I am looking to connect with others and myself more deeply.
It is my hope that you will enjoy experiencing the work as much as I enjoy making it.” –Lauren Ari
“From a normal, respectful viewing distance, imagery that’s compelling on an archetypal level is already apparent in the dictionary pages. My subconscious mind recognizes the round indentations on the page edges and the justified columnar text as a dictionary even before my conscious mind grasps the realization. You are likely to be attracted first by the brightness and variation of colors from piece to piece, and second by the strange scenes depicted in the whimsical, strange, engrossing studies of language, learning, and the definitions of this reality.”
“Lauren Ari works with very old dictionary pages. Selected words or images suggest characters or objects that Ari then draws in colorful tableaux. The drawings are whimsical, strange and engrossing studies of language, as well as definitions of a constructed reality. Often, they are accompanied by three-dimensional representations, making them a perfect complement (in a)collection of contemporary ceramics.” Karin Breuer, Curator Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
“My ceramic bedscapes explores our sleeping and dreaming time as a reflection of the weightiest forces and experiences in our lives. The bed serves as a literal platform in which archetypes overtake the sleepers, actualizing their fears and desires with results that can be calming, disturbing, humorous, uncertain, and always as complex as dreams.”