Artist interview: Lauren Marx
Hi Lauren thank you so much for agreeing to do an interview! First off can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Thank you for interviewing me! Well, I am a 24 year old artist currently residing in Saint Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Webster University, which is also located in Saint Louis, in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing. Since then, I have been a freelance artist trying to build a career out of my pen and ink artwork
Your work focuses a lot on animals are animals your biggest inspiration? What else inspires you as an artist?
Animals are indeed my biggest inspiration. I am also inspired by scientific illustrations of flora and fauna, taxidermy, fairy tales, mythology, and the artworks of Walton Ford, John James Audubon, James Jean and Petah Coyne, just to name a few of my inspirations
Ive noticed decay is a huge recurring theme in your work? Where did that theme in your work come from and what initially inspired it?
The theme of decay was something I stumbled upon for a class assignment while I was in college. I wanted to only draw animals as they were, so to speak, so the solution I had for creating flow and action was to have the animal tearing apart. Since then, it has evolved to have the specific purpose of illustrating “violence” and became an key piece of my work ever since.
Roughly how long does each piece take to create?
My average size for a piece is 18 inches by 24 inches and a work of those dimensions usually takes 50-100 hours depending on how complex it is.
Your technique is flawless! How long did it take for you to create a way of working that suited you?
I’m really not sure. It is something that I fell into. I had to be incredibly disciplined for college and I already had the materials that I use for all of my pieces. Everything just kind of fell into place and I am very happy about that.
Have you always been creative?
Most definitely! I have been drawing animals for as long as I can remember.
What do you feel is your best work to date and why?
Oh man, that is a tough call. I would have to say my cormorant and salmon piece, “Phalacrocorax auritus”. It turned out exactly how I envisioned it and the detail work was some of the best I have ever done. It was also the first piece of a series that really challenged me to add elements to my pieces that I was very intimidated by like plants, fish, reflective creatures. I try to “out do” it every time I create a new piece.
Where is your favourite place to work? A studio ? Outdoors?
My favorite place to work is on my couch in my apartment with my cats and music playing. I work on my couch every day.
Your work seems to have some quite dark undertones? Can you tell us more about that?
The dark undertones are possibly due to pessimism. I have never really made “happy” work and I think that might have a lot to do with my stressful childhood and toxic family. I am currently trying to address this negativity in some new works. It is something I normally do not talk about.
Do you have anything special/new projects coming up in 2016?
I do! I am working daily on a solo show at Corey Helford Gallery that I am super excited about and honored to do. The pieces for that show will be revolving around my immediate family. I am also planning on starting to create larger works once I have a bit of free-time, which will be fun.
And lastly! Just for fun if you were stuck on a island what three items would you bring?
One, and immortal, cuddly sheep. Two, a large sketchbook full of nice paper. And three, a huge bottle of sunscreen, but chances are I would burn to a crisp day one.
Thank you for sharing your work with us Lauren!
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