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Lauren Leone

Drawing, embroidery


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Untitled
drawing and embroidery on cotton
2 9" X 12" panels


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I'm Allergic to Apples
embroidery on canvas
24 individual 3.5" X 5" embroideries


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Untitled (detail)
stencil and embroidery on canvas
5' X 7'

Washington Street Studios
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Artists' Statement:
I explore themes of connection and communication through drawing, embroidery, and mixed media. Using subject matter from personal experience in an earnest and sometimes playful way, I explore the relationship between the internal/private and the external/public. By illustrating difficult situations or emotions with levity, I illustrate the tension, complexity, and occasional absurdity of emotionally charged situations with the intent that the viewer will find their own associations. Equal parts tongue-in-cheek and careful reflection, both humor and the meditative properties of the processes I use help me to find catharsis and a deeper sense of understanding.

Working in different mediums allows me to find new ways of exploring similar themes and each medium has unique properties that serve to deepen these themes for me through the process of making the pieces. For example, I often choose to work in embroidery because it is a deliberate and meditative practice that allows me time to reflect and process difficult emotions– the slow process provides a sense of control and intimacy. I am drawn to the inherent metaphor that comes out of the process of encaustic painting. The translucent layers and surreal, ethereal quality of the medium speaks to the space that exists between self and other. Stenciling allows for repetition and layering that illustrates the sometimes-obsessive thinking that happens when working through emotionally fraught interpersonal experiences. In my community-based art making I specifically employ fiber arts practices such as embroidery and quilting because of their long history as activities that bring individuals together to share stories, address community issues, and even serve as a form for social and political resistance against oppression.


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