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Lauren Cohen

MA work

When A House Is Torn Down


  • Lauren Cohen
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2014

  • During my two years at the RCA, my practice has remained rooted in painting, with a particular fascination concerning movement in the broadest sense as a condition of ongoing change. My studio practice and research poses questions about the processes of production, exposure and viewing. A conversation has developed between these shifting states through my use of stop-motion animation, which further sparks my creative work and enables the forces of incongruity and contradiction.

    Through painting I want to call upon more contextual information about individual lives in different time periods, taking ownership and control over that which I yearn to possess. In thinking about the theatrical facades of historical events, I now create my own realities in the form of painted stage sets. These aim to pierce the viewers’ mind and force new modes of thought about the myths and perceptions of various cultures.

    By drawing on the diversity of my surroundings, I populate my paintings with representatives and artifacts from other cultures that would otherwise be foreign to me. I reference white/western imperialism when appropriating objects that I find and paint over, an act that mirrors the subsuming of downtrodden cultures. I then symbolically renegotiate their currency by appointing them a place in my painted worlds. I work with pre existing stereotypes and question them by painting in elements that diametrically oppose those misconceptions with antithetical imagery in order to provoke thought in the viewer.

  • Degrees

  • BFA, California College of the Arts, Painting and Drawing, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, 2013; Multiculturalism Is Dead, Interact Gallery, London, 2013; Besides the Screen, Goldsmiths College, London, 2012; Land of Magic, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 2011; Action X: Artistic License, di Rosa Gallery, Napa, CA, 2011
  • Awards

  • Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, USA, 2010