19.5 x 15 in
Lauren Clay’s installations and sculptures allude to the ethereal architecture of dreams, visionary experiences, and astral travel. In sleep each night, we cross a threshold from waking conscious life, into the realm of the unknown, where mysterious parts of ourselves constellate into images, known as dreams. At this hypnagogic gateway, the body slips into the indeterminate theater of the dream world. Influenced by both personal and collective dream imagery, Clay transforms this amorphous subject matter into a physical reality that is ornate and visceral. Her relief sculptures compress and distort space through forced-perspective carvings with hand-painted patterns and shadows. Stairs, doorways, windows, and energetic pathways intertwine, alluding to passageways that are never quite attainable. Clay’s work often incorporates mural-sized digitally printed imagery composed from scanned enlargements of collages, constructed from marbleized paper. These works are invitations for the viewer to enter and complete the scene by turning the gaze inward with their own mind’s eye.
Lauren Clay received a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited nationally, and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Bosse & Baum, London, UK, Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas TX, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York; Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta; Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver; and Savannah College of Art and Design, with site-specific installations at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; Arts Brookfield, NY; Art In Buildings, NY; and Paradise City, Seoul, South Korea. Press includes The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Artsy, Bomb Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her editioned artist book, Subtle Body, published by Small Editions NY, is included in the library collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. Clay was a 2019 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a 2020 recipient of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.