Lauren Blakey is a Toronto based artist. Lauren does not define her work by typical standards of sculpture or functionality. Rather, she finds meaning in the materiality and sensuality of her particular media. She is inspired by the natural world, resulting in a powerful recitation of nature and biology throughout her work.
The surfaces of moss, lichens and algae exemplify these concepts in particular, as they are surfaces that have become blemished and worn over time, exposing sediment, the past and growth. Blakey’s geologically inspired formations strive to embody a sense of time, so that the pieces themselves, crumbling and in decay, may be perceived to take part in this symbiotic cycle found in nature. Blakey sees her current ceramic work as particularized studies, dug up from the earth or sea. The objects feel like unearthed relics or remains; the surviving traces that speak of our past.
2006 – 2008 NSCAD University, BFA Major in Ceramics & Minor in Art History
2002 – 2006 Sheridan College Institute, Craft & Design Program- Graduate
2010 Rouge Concept, Toronto
2010 Dish Gallery, Toronto
2010 One of a Kind Spring Show: Sheridan Alumni Guest Toronto
2010 Rosedale Heights: Alumni Show, Toronto
2009 Petroff Gallery, Toronto
2009 O’Connor Gallery: The Ringo Show,Toronto
2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2008 Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Exhibition: Honorable Mention- Toronto
2008 Anna Leonowens Gallery: Traces, Solo Show, Halifax
2008 Anna Leonowens Gallery: Graduate Group Show, Halifax