Lauren Shapiro  ( 1984 - )

About

Lauren is a visual artist and educator living in Miami, Florida in the United States. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Miami and is a Visual arts faculty member at several institutions in South Florida. She has developed a multi-step casting process in clay that begins with folded origami paper as the prototypes for plaster molds, resulting in modular sculptures and installations which reference systems and visual orders found in nature. Her work ultimately blurs the line between ephemeral and perennial objects.

Lauren has been a resident artist at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, China, where she observed and learned about post-production processes of industrial mold making and porcelain slip casting. She has exhibited during Art Basel Miami at Scope Art fair, the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) and she has showcased her work internationally during Art Basel Switzerland at Projektraum M54, and a recent solo exhibition debuted in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lauren is a current artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami in addition to serving as Head of the Ceramics Studio. Recently, she completed a residency in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil, to pursue her current body of work which is a cross-disciplinary project that draws inspiration from environmental research and data, ceramics and social practice.

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