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Artist Name Laurén BradyArtist Bio Dwelling is to live in. To think, write, or speak of a place, a memory. It is a conscious lingering that is innately present and past.
My work explores landscape and memory by looking at the emotional and psychological attachments placed on daily events. Themes of wandering through various environments, loneliness, solitude, and transience surface within the drips and thick swaths of paint to create and obfuscate. Charcoal and pastel carve into the surface as indelible vestiges and soft echoes of pine forests, shorelines, architecture, and cast-off objects. These mundane memories are painted with tenderness. The sources for the works, often discarded found fragments or by intentionally dwelling on a moment, become precious and intrinsically tied to a particular location, story, or person. Their meanings are heightened in retrospect becoming place-holders for human experience. Figures are obscured, often appearing as drips and a single brushstroke—their surrounding environments more vibrant—mere passer-bys in the plush and saturated landscapes. Within the works, imagery slips and sinks as a memory that fades. Color and form fragment across the painted surfaces punctuating in moments of clarity.
Through abstraction, expressive mark-making, and layering, my paintings are intentional meditations on daily life and an attempt to understand and hold on to the liminal. The works expose shifting and moving in the present; the things in process of losing and the things that are lost. My paintings seek to pause, acknowledge, and reflect on the everyday through tendency and tenderness, reverence and reverie, memory and memorabilia, storage and stories.Size 36" x 36"Medium oil and pastel on canvas