ABOUT 

My artwork divulges playfully arranged fragments of the human body and objects to examine our shared experience of living in a body of flesh. I distort the viewer to reflect on plump round ripples, folds and deep valleys emulating a peer into a tender forbidden place of touching or holding. These forms reveal our natural longing for affection and intimacy. My paintings, both schematically posed and also collected from everyday life, explore fleshy pieces and compact parts to renew our understanding of embodiment. Paradoxically our bodies are vehicles of shame and tools for violence and domination. This work exemplifies our naked vulnerability to denounce our shame and defy our brutality, in order to reclaim our humanity. 

 

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EDUCATION

 

2007  BA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2020 Art-in-Place, Terrain and CNL Projects, Chicago, IL

 

2020 Touch, A Virtual Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

2020 Painting at Night, Artist/Mother Podcast Online Exhibition, Nashville, TN

 

2018 Firsts and Starts Art-making as a New Mother, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

2018 Andersonville Art Week, Be Yoga, Chicago, IL

 

2017 Artmadillo, Armadillo’s Pillow, Chicago, IL

 

2015 Culturas del Mundo Mural, Friends of Youth, Renton, WA

 

2014  Historia, Cultura, y  Esperanzas Mural, Collaboration with Urban Artworks, Friends of Youth, Renton, WA 

 

EXPERIENCE

 

2020   Teaching Artist, Gilda’s Club, Chicago, IL

 

Instruct art classes at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University that reduce stress, provide relaxation and community to patients. 

 

2011   Art Educator, Friends of Youth, Renton, WA

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Developed art curriculums in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, art history, and murals for unaccompanied DCS adolescents in a therapeutic residential facility.

 

2014  Co-facilitator of Chill and Spill: Art Therapy for Teens, Renton, WA

 

Directed an art therapy class for reducing symptoms of trauma, building resilience and fostering emotional development. 

 

CONTACT ME

 

laurenflaaen@gmail.com     

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