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by Lauren O'Grady

Borrowing from languages already established in cinematography, model making, folklore, history, science fiction, modern sculpture, architecture, landscape painting and museology, I fabricate scenarios and artefacts. They are familiar to the point of unfamiliarity, imagery compiled and accumulated from memory. Capturing a moment in object form, future relics of past events, commenting on the collector and the collected.
I navigate a world of contradictions, weaving narratives, implying unusual or phenomenological events. I try to understand my own aspirations and limitations by looking at shared experiences, fears and concerns: social, economic, environmental and political. Creating varying plains and facets of reality and fiction.
I consciously model without an image or reference; I want the models to be strange, warped representations of the real thing not faithful copies. I make sculpture in an attempt to physically capture and collect something: a vision, a spectacle, a sentiment, an impression.
In an attempt to grasp an idea of vastness I play with scale, allowing myself, and the viewer, a way in. I enjoy the idea that something model sized can transport you in your imagination or visually (in film) somewhere else. It can make a tiny model seem like a huge space.
I think of myself as an explorer, a somewhat fearful one. Drawing parallels between expeditions and the way in which I approach making work. Putting everything I have into achieving something that can often seem unachievable.
MA Fine Art – Pass with distinction
BA Honors – Fine Art- 1st Class Honors 2007
Solo Exhibitions
Asteroid II, The Old Library Mansfield – Nov 2009
Group Exhibitions
PRE-FAB, White Collar Zoo Nottingham – Nov 2012
Salon Art Pize 2012 Sort Listed – Oct/Nov 2012
Nottingham Castle Open – Sept/Oct 2012
World Event Young Artist:
Selected to show in Paul Smith’s flag ship store – Sept 2012
CUBEOpen, CUBE Gallery Manchester – Dec 2011
Flout, Axis Arts Centre Crewe – Sept 2011
This Impossibly Conjured World, Glove Box Bristol – Apr 2011
Pile, Chapter Cardiff – Feb 2011
Pile, Surface Gallery Nottingham – Dec 2010
U so dead uggi, Stand Assembly Nottingham – May 2008

Flout, Axis Arts Centre Crewe – Sept 2011
Collaborative Work
I have been a member of a collaborative art group – Tether since 2008. Tether have
undertaken numerous projects and exhibitions working in collaboration, including
opening The Wasp Room gallery and establishing Tethervision – an online video
channel. Tether created a television studioand filmed programmes as part of Sideshow
which ran throughout Nottingham as a fringe to the British Art Show.
Solo and Group Exhibitions (Tether)
Five New Friends, The Royal Standard Liverpool – 2012
16 Days , The Lomard Method Birmingham – 2011
Day Zero, Castelfield Gallery Manchester – 2010
Day 0, Matt Roberts Arts London – 2010
Murder in the Kremlin, The Wasp Room – 2009
All Smoke No Fire, Truman Brewery London – 2008
Voluntary Work and Workshops
Since early 2010 I have run, facilitated and assisted numerous art projects for various
organisations including The Carers Federation, Nottingham Royal Society for the Blind,
Nottingham Castle and Nottingham Contemporary.
Additional Projects
I have created props for, and artistically directed two music videos to date.
Working closely with the musician and directors to create exciting and original pieces.
Radio Love Love (Artistic Director and Creator)
Do or Die (Props)