Artist Interview: Lauren Poor

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
I’m Lauren Poor and I’ve been an artist since… maybe 1998 or thereabouts when my friend Claire and I drew fairies during our playdates.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I chose, when you’re encouraged to choose something… college… to study photography in hopes that if I wanted to do any other type of art I could incorporate it into a picture and it would still count. I think there’s a lot to learn about general culture, life, art and images from just studying photography though. Now I’m finding I love to sculpt using junk and things from the thrift store, playing with the world instead of being dictated by it!!

What is your creative process like?
I have lots of visions and ideas swimming around my mind so I’ll try to plan how to make those happen in whatever ways seems fitting. Then collect materials and play around with them with the vision in mind. I think my ideas and fantasies and longings are related to reality in that they may indicate what I think is missing or could be messed around with somehow. I think that is a nice relationship for fantasy and reality to have- a playful and respectful one.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
I think the best advice I’ve learned is that true creativity and living is the ability to play with reality. If the outside world is ordering your soul around all the time then it’s stifled and what is your existence, but if you can play with that world as if it’s a stage for your inner world then YOU are alive IN the world.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
I guess I worry about money or resources, but this also inspired me to crack the code and figure out how to make art using what’s available. I think this can also help build community because it helps to work with other people if there are certain things you don’t readily have and people with different skills can all teach each other what they know and help each other out.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

Cloud Castle Module by Lauren Poor

Cloud Castle Module by Lauren Poor

I made a cloud castle module out of junk with the fantasy in mind of someday building a community art junk palace, and one or several of the rooms would have modules of different chunks of landscapes and buildings that visitors could make and add to and play with. There would also be a room in the house whose walls would be filled from top to bottom with shelves of dolls that you could rent out, like a doll library, and play with on premises in the fantastic array of doll houses and doll worlds. There’d also be rooms in the house for playing and making art and rooms in the house in the cabinet of curiosity style displaying all the treasures people could make and find- in the art rooms or the surrounding woods or wherever!

Cloud Castle Module Detail by Lauren Poor

Cloud Castle Module Detail by Lauren Poor

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
I’m amazed by the building itself and how all of the artists are able to use it in the way we do. It’s so beautiful, to have an in between building open itself up for public use by artists and creativity and how flexible it is in fostering our visions. I’m excited by this idea and where else it can be applied in our lives and cities!!! I also have a fantasy of strip malls on the sides of busy roads opening up to cowboy traveling artists once the big corporations crumble and then the weird McDonald’s and Olive Garden buildings are made by artists into art oases on the routes of wasteland highways.

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You can see more of Lauren’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the fourth floor, space 6-043.