LANDSCAPES AND MEMORY - ARTIST LAURÉN BRADY


Laurén Brady is a visual artist, writer, and educator based in Lansing, Michigan. She received her BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting and Writing at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013 and recently earned an MFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University in May 2019. Her work has been included in several solo, small group, and national juried exhibitions. Laurén currently is working as Development Manager at REACH Studio Art Center and is an Assistant Professor of Art, Fixed-Term at colleges in mid-Michigan. 



"Dwelling is to live in. To think, write, or speak of a place, a memory. It is a conscious lingering that is innately present and past."

My work explores landscape and memory by looking at the emotional and psychological attachments placed on daily events. Themes of wandering through various environments, loneliness, solitude, and transience surface within the drips and thick swaths of paint to create and obfuscate. Charcoal and pastel carve into the surface as indelible vestiges and soft echoes of pine forests, shorelines, architecture, and cast-off objects. These mundane memories are painted with tenderness. The objects, often discarded fragments, are precious and intrinsically tied to a particular location. Their meanings are heightened in retrospect becoming place-holders for particular experiences. Within the works, imagery slips and sinks; on shelves, plants removed from the earth shrivel as a memory that fades. Color and form fragment across the painted surfaces, punctuate in moments of clarity.



Through abstraction, expressive mark-making, and layering, the paintings are intentional meditations on daily life and an attempt to understand and hold on to the liminal. The works expose shifting and moving in the present; the things in process of losing and the things that are lost. My work seeks to pause, acknowledge, and reflect on the everyday through tendency and tenderness, reverence and reverie, memory and memorabilia, storage and stories.



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