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Lauren Mantecón

While the processes and media Lauren have used has been varied, the visual language and symbols have stayed consistent over time.


Clouds, orbs, strings, pearl like forms, eggs and spheres set against deep layers have dominated the work. “ I am looking to build and hide mark making by creating veils and a sense of history that is found in painting and by creating a visual dialogue between what can not be seen but can be felt."


Her more recent practice dictates a slightly different variation- the grain of wood; ink, gesso and paint are kept in their initial gestural stages. A deliberate style of mark making relishing a complete dialogue within the unfinished and ambiguous. Structured intention balance with spontaneous composition. She is following what the French poet Francis Ponge called “The law of determining indeterminates."


Lauren spent her childhood moving between the East and West Coasts, negotiating the terrain of identity and place in the middle. After settling in Southern California as a young adult, she earned her BA in conceptual photography from Cal State Fullerton, where she was deeply influenced by the work of Cindy Sherman and Lorna Simpson, who worked in self/cultural photo documentation.


Lauren earned her MFA from Portland State University, in 1997 in which she began to deepen her focus on transcendence and beauty leading to a visual practice anchored in navigating the crossing points between the material world and the atmosphere of spirit. Lauren currently resides in New Mexico and teaches workshops on the creative process in art centers around the country and in her Santa Fe studio. 


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Round Paper 19x16

Round
Paper
19x16

Shroud Paper 13x10

Shroud
Paper
13x10

Triangulation Oil/Collage on Canvas 30x30

Triangulation
Oil/Collage on Canvas
30x30

Vertical Gush Mixed Media on Panel  37x23

Vertical Gush
Mixed Media on Panel
37x23

Pinnacle Oil on Panel 12x12

Pinnacle
Oil on Panel
12x12

Vanitys Shadow Oil/Wax on Canvas 30x60

Vanitys Shadow
Oil/Wax on Canvas
30x60

Cloud Mixed Media on Panel 27x32

Cloud
Mixed Media on Panel
27x32

Even Bets Oil on Birch Panels 40x60

Even Bets
Oil on Birch Panels
40x60

Changing Times Oil on Panel 46x82

Changing Times
Oil on Panel
46x82