Lauren Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She creates new systems for devalued objects, focusing on the potential ontological ramifications of a consumption-based society. Peterson received her Master of Fine Art in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2015. She was named a 2017/18 Emerging Artist and Project Grant recipient from the City of Atlanta. Recent exhibitions include Manufactured (Boundaries) at Kibbee Gallery (GA), On the Edge at Aqua Art Miami, Message from the Sea at the GAIA Center in Athens, Greece, Forget Me Not at Zuckerman Museum (GA), and A Large But Finite Number at Southside Gallery (MS). Her work is part of the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, Goya Contemporary, and the International Printing Museum. Peterson is currently an Instructor at Georgia State University.
LAUREN M PETERSON / STATEMENT
I collect devalued objects such as packaging, trashcan contents, floor sweepings, and found, discarded objects. For me, what we discard or sweep up alludes to fundamental limitations of our own human faculties. Most recently my work has shifted to focus on absurdity, humor, and artificiality through the use of redundancy, repetition, awkward pairings, exaggerations, and multiple representations of a single idea. I have been working with used furniture and housewares, sewing, stuffing, wrapping, and painting domestic objects into new mutations of their familiar forms. I often pair my sculptures and installations with video elements of domestic actions or documentation of process to draw connections between intimate, personal activity done in the home and the expansive reach of consumerist goods.
I am fascinated by the triviality of capitalistic behavior and maintenance routines, such as the effort involved in a perfectly kept lawn. I consider the actions we take to create an artificially sterile environment that celebrates input for the purposes of maintaining or gaining appearance.
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