LAUREN MABRY

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I make ceramic vessels, objects, and dimensional paintings by combining traditional and experimental methods with clay and glaze. I investigate materiality though experimentation that is driven by my fascination with color, visual movement, and the transformative nature of ceramics. Primarily my work communicates directly, through its formal and aesthetic qualities, but it may also be understood in relationship to abstract painting, minimal work, and Process Art. Surface is often the focal point of my work, and therefore the forms I make are a reaction to how a glaze performs. My goal is to create dynamic compositions that push the boundaries of how these materials are perceived. Because I strive to keep my work as playful as it is scientific, the things I make exist where haphazard sketching meets the accuracy of chemistry. The rich, flowing glazes create hypnotic tones, textures, and forms which aim to please and bewilder.

-Lauren Mabry

 

LAUREN MABRY

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Lauren Mabry lives and works in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her ceramic work is internationally known for its bold, expressive glazes and is represented in permanent collections at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary and, and the Sheldon Museum of Art. She is the recipient of individual grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Independence Foundation, and the NCECA Emerging Artist Award. Over recent years she has shown in many institutions such as Mindy Solomon Gallery, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has worked at the Jingdezhen International Studio in China and the Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Bali, Indonesia. She received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2007 and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. Mabry is currently teaching Material Science at Tyler School of Art.

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