Lauren BockowLauren Bockow
The Art Institute of Boston, BFA 2008
Each work is a theatrical spectacle in which nightmarish scenes, disagreeable beauty and theaters of abjection are paradoxically staged. Reoccurring themes throughout the work involve abandonment, life, death, extravagance, and the macabre.
Lauren work’s in a surrealist state of mind, often described as ‘pure psychic automatism.’ Thus, the objects used within these images are based on intuition rather than literal symbolism. Most surrealists experimented with the objet trouve, producing unsettling, illogical combinations of objects divorced from their normal settings and functions. While playing with allegory, she creates curious arrangements on a controlled stage.