Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Lauren Roche
Lauren Roche is a self-taught artist who was born in Santa Rosa, CA, and now lives in Minneapolis, MN. Her aesthetic is often rooted in autobiography and grapples with the elusive territories of the imagination and memory. Roche’s drawings and paintings feature female nudes in ritualistic acts, cats and dogs living harmoniously, and exotic horses. All creatures share the same stripes, spots, and gestures. An avid reader, Roche cites the magical realist novels of Murakami and Kathy Acker’s punk poetry as influential to her practice. Roche was awarded the 2012-13 Jerome Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. Her work is represented by Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.
“In my work, female nudes and animals interact in abstracted interior and exterior spaces. The figures bend and reach in gestures of empathetic connection, revealing solidarity between impassive yet vulnerable forms. My figures inhabit aural, dreamlike settings, which I create by using rough fields of color and gestural paint strokes.”
untitled, 2012, acrylic, ink on paper, 15 x 10.5 inches
untitled, 2013, acrylic, ink, polyurethane on paper, 14 x 11 inches
Woman with Three Cats, 2014, acrylic, ink, polyurethane on paper, 19 x 25.75 inches
Three Women with Braids, 2015, acrylic, ink, polyurethane on paper, 27.5 x 39.25 inches
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.