I would like to take some time out to share some art from another friend of mine. Lauren has been taking breathtaking photographs for as long as I’ve known her. She has so much talent and passion which shows in her art. Lauren went to Marlborough School for high school and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography. Her art has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Greece, and China.
The following is Lauren’s artist’s statement for her project “In The Age of Plastic”:
History is never real, but rather a story told over and over again, to be fitted to the storyteller’s agenda. By using cliché depictions of history, I am presenting an image that is at first easy to grasp, and then begins to tell a story. I direct my models to fit a pre-conceived epic cliché, so that there is no misinterpretation to the fact that the photographs are reinterpreted historical moments. The stern queen, the noble knight, the goddess-like depiction of Nefertiti herself; all are platforms to further my interpretation of our own historical representation. It is important to know that these moments are not real, but rather a fiction with a specific agenda.
How will future generations throughout time remember us in history? How do we remember past historic moments and figures? We are the Age of Plastic, represented by something that is truly genius and yet brittle and without character. What does the term “plastic” mean and say about our society? What associations do we make when confronted by the term ‘plastic’? By exploring different representations of historic imagery, and reinterpreting them, my goal is to show what exactly it means to be labeled as an age or era. By adding elements of plastic into my work, I wanted to reinterpret history by projecting our own age onto it.Plastic itself is a representation of the detachment today’s society has from nature and from the cultural environments that we have created and then fell from. By creating and photographing historical periods with the use of plastic I am trying to show that separation as well as explore our views of historic representation
The Age of Industry
The Colonial Era
The Stone Age
The Medieval Age
The Golden Age
The Gilded Age
The Edo Period
All of these photos were shot on location with as little digital editing as possible. The costumes were hand made by Lauren with help from Amy Fries. They are made from recycled plastic all the way down to the threading. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful art with us! You can visit Lauren’s site www.lauren-jack.com and check out some more of her work.