Our last gallery artist to comment is Lauren Cardenas, St. Louis studio artist who focuses on print media and who will be displaying her work in our gallery starting Saturday! Be sure to stop by our Grand Opening Event starting at 6pm!
1. How would you describe your personal practice? Where do you work best, what inspires you?
My practice is difficult to explain, because I genuinely feel that all projects I am involved in i.e. PIECRUST, Saturday Press, Museum Blue, STLSPEx, are all apart of my practice in some way. They influence my work and allow me to engage with other dialogs that I would not have had if I was solely just working on my own artistic practice. Granted my personal methodology ranges from drawing, installation, book arts, and printmaking (traditional and digital). It took me some time to come to terms with the way I created work, because I was identifying as a printmaker but I never made any prints unless it was for someone else. I then realized in regards to my personal method of making, I create whatever is appropriate for the concept, and when it comes to printmaking I identify as a printer.
I would have to say I work best in my studio, when no-one else is present. I am able to focus and everything from the day kind of washes away once I enter the space. I have one day during the week that I try to dedicate to studio, even though I tend to sacrifice it for other projects.
I am inspired by many things, for works I do quite a lot of visual research. I currently try to use my instagram account as a visual sketchbook, where I am able to capture moments that I feel later will be important to me, or will show up in my work.
2. What concepts are driving the work you will be showing at the gallery opening?
The piece for the Westminster, is more so a study of a larger project I am currently working on. The research behind the show and the piece is my investigations of beds through out art history. I began this research about four years ago and shelved it for some time, but recently have decided to revisit it. Within that research I was exploring the ideas of void found with in the domestic space of the bedroom. For this particular installation I am interested in the ideas of intimacy, between couples and be between a person and themselves.
These images were appropriated from Artstor and then manipulated and collaged on. The image on the left is taken from Max Klinger's print, Awakening, and the one on the right is from Nan Goldin's The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Series, Couple in Bed, Chicago. The pieces is entitled Beyond Clueless, It only matter that they love us.(Awakening, Max Klinger) I will remember you. (Couple in Bed, Chicago, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Series, Nan Goldin's) which the work was also influenced by a documentary entitled Beyond Clueless, investigating teen films from the 80's, 90, and 2000's.
3. How do you feel about working in St. Louis?
Working STL has been good, I have a wonderful support system and great collaborators that I call friends. As an art community it has been a very rewarding experience, especially with all that STL have to offer institutionally. I have lived in a lot of places and STL is by far the most supportive when it comes to the arts or starting a small project.
4. What's your dessert of choice and why?
Favorite dessert of choice, hmm that is a tough one because I do enjoy sweets but I don't have a favorite, I really enjoy making them more than I enjoy eating them. So I guess making them I would have to say pie, raspberry peach pie was my favorite to make. As for eating them coffee with cafe au lait, with a little bit of sugar and a ricotta donut with lemon curd.