Lauren Stanford

Lauren Stanford

Lauren Stanford

LAUREN STANFORD, ceramics
2018/19 Artist in Residence


Creating ceramic sculpture is a dynamic process. What was essentially mud has the ability to be transformed through sculpting, firing, and glazing into a permanent piece that will exist long after I am gone. This transformation of malleable clay to a stone-like sculpture directly relates to the healing process I experience while creating my art: each piece brings a clearer understanding of self that is stronger and more permanent than the previous version. Clay also allows me to articulate isolating thoughts and feelings into a tangible object that creates a dialogue with others. I am perpetually surprised and comforted to learn that my own hopes and fears are shared by many.

Various species of animals serve as my muses. Sculpting them allows me to return to the unencumbered moments in my childhood in which I ran around the Alaskan woods pretending to be whatever critter my imagination chose. In my sculptures, I use familiar and foreign shapes and textures to share human narratives. I identify with multiple characteristics of the creatures I choose, which means these animals embody contradictions of strength and fragility, of fierceness and sensitivity.


ABOUT LAUREN
Lauren Stanford was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Her childhood summers were spent at her grandparents’ remote homestead on Lake Clark, Alaska. As a fourth generation Bristol Bay commercial fisherman, she now spends her summers setnetting for sockeye salmon near the mouth of the Naknek River. Lauren began taking ceramic courses at Colorado State University while obtaining her BA in English, Creative Writing. After graduating in 2010, she returned to Alaska. Within a few years, Lauren, ever the chronic student, returned to school full time to study art. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2018. Her sculptures and paintings have been featured in campus shows and in Anchorage galleries, as well as private collections in Alaska, Washington and California.


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