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Lauren Sandlers work demythologizes status, inscribes substance in detritus, and amplifies interdependence. She explores the vernacular of the vessel in mutable topographies of interior obfuscated terrain and exterior perspectives. Her functional and sculptural work invokes themes of memory, intimacy, containment, and domesticity. She highlights those of us overlooked and unseen, and implicates our assumptions of normal, beauty, and worth. With a background in anthropology, she examines the language of the artifact through narrative, history of use, and fluency of touch.
Originally from New York City, Laurens felt sense developed through the contrast of the citys prodigious exterior, to the small space of her familys apartment, and later the panorama of the mountains. Her work finds an affinity in the place where visceral and structural meet, a shared intersection of body, architecture, and environment, with the mundane as monumental.
Drawn to the quiet expanse of nature, Lauren makes a home in upstate New York. She exhibits nationally and held residencies at The Clay Studio of Missoula and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, where she received the Kiln God Award. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, and undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Ceramics from Ithaca College and SUNY New Paltz. She currently teaches at Skidmore College.