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Laurén Brady Artist Biography
Laurén Brady is a visual artist living in Charlotte, Michigan. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University and a BS in Studio Art from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her paintings explore landscape, memory, and responding to current environments through expressive mark-making and bold use of color. Laurén’s work has been included in several solo, small group, and national juried exhibitions, and she has been awarded artist residencies with Golden Apple Studios, The Sable Project, and La Macina di San Cresci. She was recently interviewed by Visionary Art Collective and was featured in CandyFloss Magazine as well as numerous online art blogs. Laurén teaches in the Foundations Area at Michigan State University.
My work explores landscape and the psychological imprints placed on daily events. Through bold and emotive color palettes, I use painting as a way to process and reflect on my surroundings. Charcoal and pastel carve into the surface as indelible vestiges and soft echoes of pine forests, shorelines, architecture, and cast-off objects. Mundane and fleeting 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. 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.