I love architecture from different cultures, often combining medieval European arches and colorful Latin American infrastructures with just the right amount of grafitti, litter and familiarity of the NY City streets I grew up playing on as a kid.
Lauren Cutler is a mixed media artist focusing heavily on collage and large abstract contemporary paintings. Ripping up travel brochures was how she started. Most recently photos from her trip to Venice were thrown in. Along with anything printed she can find is how she creates her extremely detailed mixed media mélanges. Boasting diversity, vivid colors and veiled themes she mixes reality with fantasy but her finished pieces depict a surreal version… her ideal version of objects, people and places. Many of her collages send a subliminal message to the viewer, often difficult to decipher without hints from the artist’s other works and recurring themes.
This collection is growing far beyond her original plans as she explores the many unknown secrets a door can symbolize and how the meanings vary throughout different cultures from all over the world. Her acrylic abstract paintings are massive and vibrant, and take her art in a different direction from her collages. Omitting meticulous detail present in her collage work, her paintings emphasize color contrasts and concentrate on singular dominating symbols and patterns.
Lauren received her undergraduate degree from a New York State University and holds two Masters degrees, one in Education from Wagner College on Staten Island and the other in Creative Writing from the New school in NYC where she taught High School English for nearly a decade, hating every minute. Desperate for a change, and three credits shy of a second Masters, she moved to Rio de Janeiro where she lived as a local, immersing herself into the everyday culture, which proved to be quite dangerous, but worth the experience, she says.
She returned to New York and spent the next eight years hating every job she had. It was on a canvas she took from the garbage that she made her first piece. That day the inexplicable void she always felt was filled.
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"Every time I create, I feel a completely different emotion. I don't just create because I'm happy... or angry. Every piece is a unique, sometimes crazy part of me."
"I usually begin from the center working my way outwards until I’ve reached each corner. I thrive on the challenge of making it balance out somehow while maintaining an intentional unevenness. The end product is an almost other-worldly combination of different cultures, all fascinating to me. These pieces take me away to the place I am trying to depict, however unrealistic some may turn out. Creating art has given me a sense of peace, strength and confidence that I’d never known before. I am driven not only by an insane need to create but I cannot function in a 9 to 5 work environment. "
Due to Covid-19, we all are struggling to return to normal. The events and art functions we love have halted, and more and more artists are finding ourselves using online services. I will be sure to inform you of any and all upcoming events and showings as soon as they are available.