Art is an integral part of human society. Art can be found in both nature and the designs of man-made things like cars, buildings, and clothing. Although art and beauty are appreciated by almost everyone, it is an unfortunate fact that there are many talented artists in the world who are little appreciated despite their incredible abilities. Noting the lack of outlets for up-and-coming, underground, or outside artists to showcase their work, I decided to start an “Artist Spotlight” series where I will interview various artists in order to gain a deeper insight into what inspires their creativity and what they plan to do with their careers. Lauren Covey is one such artist.
Lauren was born in Virginia and educated at Drexel University with a major in fashion design. Lauren always wanted to be an artist—among other pursuits. In fact, when she was a child, she was quoted as saying she wanted to be everything in the world! That included being a tree climber, a veterinarian, and also an artist. In essence, Lauren wanted her hands in everything, to explore and see the world from many different angles. She became more certain of her creative desires after having the opportunity to work with a group of amazing artists who mentored her in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. They held a space for her open expression and encouraged an unbridled exploration of her many ideas collected throughout her life. Lauren had been working as a stylist in the fashion industry for 6 years. She soon realized that she could not remain in the industry and that she wanted to continue working as an artist and to make that her focus.
To date, Lauren has been quite successful and I recently had the opportunity to speak with her about her experiences as an artist:
Q: What influenced you to become an artist?
The desire to preserve the playfulness and imagination of my childhood; I also have a deep longing to be heard and seen. I’ve never felt that I can articulate myself well in words so I am determined to find a medium that will allow people to understand and to connect with what I have expressed. Ultimately I want to engage in dialogue and to form connection through my art.
Q: In terms of style, how would you describe your work?
My style is exploratory and open-ended. I don’t have one mode of expression or one particular style: pensive and psychological, dark and yet playful.
Q: What is your favorite media to use?
I love to work with wool fibers, found objects and anything that helps to create my universes. I collect things, disassemble them and make them new. I’m currently furthering my studies in mixed media at the Art Students League.
Q: What inspires you?
Everything. That makes it hard. I collect sounds I hear on the street, I make recordings and I collect objects and create new things. I see things and I take a picture. I love finding ways to merge my interests, like a collage, and I have currently been working with video art so that I can merge all of my interests into one art form. This has been a pleasurable pursuit.
Q: As far as working in the arts field, what has been your most rewarding experience so far?
Reflecting on works I’ve made in the past and recognizing something about my life that I hadn’t realized before. Such self-awareness is often not possible while in the throes of making art.
Q: What are your ultimate goals for the future?
To know myself more completely as an artist.
Q: Are there any up and coming projects that you would like to mention?
I am very excited to have works in an upcoming show at Fountain House Gallery. The show, “Navigating New York” is opening May 14th, reception 6pm-8 pm and will be on view through June 17th. Works included will be a painting as well as my latest video and sound installation that features my animated wool dolls and creatures.
Q: Where do you hope to be, career wise, in ten years?
I would like to be a recognizable name, creating work that sells, and have the resources to set up my own studio (or maybe two – one in New York and another in Paris!). I hope to achieve a more rhythmic flow in my work while maintaining fresh eyes, and hands that continue their fearless output.
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Additional information about The Fountain House Gallery “Navigating New York” group exhibition featuring work by Lauren Covey is below:
Reception: May 14, 6pm-8pm
Show Dates: May 14 – June 17, 2015
Curator: Jason Rohlf
Address: 702 Ninth Ave. at 48th St. NY, NY 10019
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm