LAUREN BALL
Artist Statement

My work is a visual and narrative device whereby mystery parallels pictorial tensions that are methodically teased and tamed through the rhythmic wielding of shape and color. Lurking as immortal voyeurs, personified props in the landscape embody presentiment. Embracing the figurative landscape and domestic scene as stages that summon tradition and the surreal, my hand rests between restraint and experimentation, while memory collisions create idealized vestiges and cultivate formal transitions. Despite the chaos, a perceptual hierarchy is established and an automatic response to balance my aesthetic decisions results in the juxtaposition and layering of patterned spaces and paint applications. With allegory as intervention, my work invokes familial relationships and an infatuation with fragments and reminders. I actively explore ancestral fables and the essence of memory, hindsight, and premonition through revering olden and ageless objects and domestic snapshots. My process is inspired through craftsmanship and a dedication to the concepts of both epic and modest painting. Each work attempts to illuminate the inherent value of personal effects and ornament, conjure the untranslatable nature of longing, and spur an amalgam of familial phantasms that a partially developed Polaroid often presents.