Lauren Fenterstock

2018

2nd Place recipient

I create elaborate sculptures and installations in the material of ladies' accomplishments such as paper quilling and shellwork. These historically devalued female crafts are often dismissed as amateur arts means to decorate domestic life. By freeing these traditions from the culture of the parlor, I explore their capacity to speak on the complexities of the world beyond the domestic sphere.

My research focuses on the history of nature- specifically, the garden and the grotto. Through these lenses, I explore the often paradoxical ways man has understood his place in the world; and as a result, how these vantage points influence the ways we reshape the world around us. At a time when human activity has developed into a devastating global force, it is critical that we question the cultural and philosophical precedents shaping our understanding of the planet.

My sculptures and installations borrow from diverse sources spanning the Prehistoric, the Enlightenment, the Picturesque, and Modernism. Each of these moments suggest contradictory beliefs in the structure of the world and the notion of time. I believe art creates the unique condition in which this variety of epistemes are able to coexist. My goal is to mix, mistake, and overlap these different languages into something messier, contradictory, and yet more real.

  • Cave/Bouquet

    Cave/Bouquet 30x18x18" 2016

    Table top object

  • Ha-Ha (detail)

    Ha-Ha (detail) 4.5x10x10 2013

    Installation at Portland Museum of Art

  • Kiku

    Kiku 5x6x 6' 2013

    Paper Sculpture

  • The Order of Things

    The Order of Things 7' x 20' x 1' 2016

    Installation at Wheaton College

  • Scrying 8

    Scrying 8 45" x 35" x 14" 2017

    Glass element created at the Museum of Glass.

  • Grotto

    Grotto 7' x 4' x 2' 2014

    Collection of Portland Museum of Art.

  • Claude Glass Cubes

    Claude Glass Cubes 36" x 36" x 36" 2014

  • Claude Glass Cubes (detail)

    Claude Glass Cubes (detail) 36" x 36" x 36" 2014

  • Celebration of Formal Effects, Whether Natural or Artificial

    Celebration of Formal Effects, Whether Natural or Artificial 1' x 15' x 35' 2013

    Installation at John Michael Kohler Art Center

  • Celebration of Formal Effects, Whether Natural or Artificial

    Celebration of Formal Effects, Whether Natural or Artificial 1' x 15' x 35' 2013

    Installation at John Michael Kohler Art Center