Lauren Wy

Region: Midwest

My recent body of work is an exploration of a partially imagined pseudo-narrative netherworld haunted by some unidentified collective trauma. A series of lush scenes bathed in personal secrets. The drawings are constructed with a limited, chemical palette and the strange viscosity of oil-wax pastels on paper. Each piece plays out the intention that my viewers become voyeurs of a decorative necropolis where they are simultaneously indulged and denied, invited and disinvited, ignored and addressed. I am interested in identity and self-presentation as they relate to power relationships, cult and tribal grouping, femme presentation, ritual, and the solipsistic need to touch each other.