Lauren is both a painter and sculptor with degrees in painting and printmaking. I remembered her name from the collaborative exhibit Paperwork in 3D at Shelburne Museum in Vermont several years ago. For Drishti, Lauren arranged portable walls of the exhibit space in such a way as to assist the viewer's gaze to take in the central element of each art piece.
The backgrounds featured digitally printed wallpapers that originated from paintings Lauren had created with marbling techniques.
The fingerlike focal points were composed of molded paper pulp that conveyed movement, as if challenging the viewer to hold their gaze, thereby increasing concentration and awareness.
Also included in the exhibition was a glass case in which several of Lauren's much smaller art pieces were displayed. These were works from 2012 when she was first using decorative paper and painting techniques.
The colorful and beautifully constructed forms were inspired by David Smith's Cubi steel sculptures and are composed of acrylic, paper, and wood. Initially intended to have been exhibited at Grounds for Sculpture a few years ago, a copyright tiff delayed the display until this spring. I'm glad the controversy was resolved as studying these delightful sculptures definitely added to my enjoyment of the now-closed show.
Sight Unseen recently featured Lauren Clay's work. Her website is Doublefluff.