Lauren Boilini was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her B.F.A. in Painting and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006. In 2008 she completed her M.F.A. at the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA. Lauren recently completed a 3 year residency at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theatre in Baltimore. She was also an artist-in-residence at Canserrat in El Bruc, Spain, in 2008. Since finishing her masters degree she has also been serving as Foundations Faculty at MICA and teaching at the University of Maryland. Last summer she was an artist-in-residence at the Jentel Program in Wyoming, and recently began a long term residency at School 33 Arts Center in Baltimore. This May she was invited as an artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for July. She will have a two-person exhibition at the Harvest Art Gallery in Cincinnati, OH in next February, as well as at Hood College in Frederick this October-November. She was also recently awarded her first major public art commission through the Maryland Department of Public Health, and her work will be shown in the International Wing of the Baltimore-Washington Airport until January.
In my current body of work I work with the idea of excess, when images of excess becomes meaningless and fall into the realm of pattern. This idea of gluttony is reflected in our current culture. We are a hedonistic society, always looking for more until the more we are looking for loses its meaning. I find inspiration in physical action, indulging in pleasure and pain, searching for my limit.
My studio practice has consistently been large-scale oil paintings, though I have begun to work directly on the wall exploring painting as installation. The dimension of my work relates to the size of the human body and the potential for painting to physically overwhelm the viewer. I work directly on the wall as I experiment closely with the architecture making paintings that engage floor to ceiling.
Research, reading and exploration are vital to my studio practice, consistently driving my work forward. I continuously seek and study epic narratives, creating my own for each work. The most recent manifestation of this interest in excess and epic narratives is my attraction to images of natural disasters. I am riveted by destruction and our cultures fascination with the apocalypse. Epic devastation is constantly in our field of vision, documented and dramatized in the media and Hollywood. Our own obsession with the end of the world has permeated our psyche. I am intrigued by ancient civilizations predictions of our future. I use images of these natural disasters, as seen through our news and pop culture, to document the signs they foretold. Often, their idea of the end of the world was not a negative, only an awakening and a change of consciousness.
At the same time, I am fascinated with crowds of people converging in one space at one time. I am particularly intrigued by rituals that drive masses of beings to occupy the same space. I investigate various events and practices that bring large numbers of life forms together to discover how beings interact when driven together in mass quantities. This includes religious practices, festivals, holidays, political gatherings, orgies, etc. Recently I have been drawn to images of battles and duels, where opposing forces fight for the same space. I am interested in what drives us to violence and destruction of life.