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Lauren Wy

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Artist / Northwestern MFA 2020

Interested in identity and self-presentation as they relate to power relationships, cult and tribal grouping, femme presentation, ritual and the solipsistic need to touch each other

Wy Lauren, The gift, 2016, oil crayon on paper, 40.64 x 30.5 cm

Series of drawings, 2014-2018

Lauren Wy is using the modest material of crayon on paper of an equally modest scale in order to unfold personal stories of the most intimate nature. In her stories, affection is turned into submission and tenderness into dominance. Foreplay and cuddling, groups lounging after intercourse, alternate with masochistic games and orgies. The naked bodies in extreme bright colors, without inhibitions, playful, content. At the same time, these mute characters seem dangerous in the extreme acting out of their fantasies and in their obliviousness of the surrounding conservative ambience, as they lay, insulated in their capsule world. Are we voyeurs peeping into Wy’s cult, into her mind games, or both? Is it a pan-hedonistic secret community we are witnessing or a disclosed treasury of repressed fantasies?

The Gift, 2016, Oil crayon on paper, 40.64 × 30.5 cm

#fantasy #sm #sex #submission #ritual #secret #expressionism #actout
Fri 02 Nov 2018
16:00
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Artist talk
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Lauren Wy

Esperia Palace, KINO, 1st floor

"My recent body of work is an exploration of a partially imagined pseudo-narrative netherworld haunted by some unidentified collective trauma. A series of lush scenes bathed in personal secrets. I am interested in identity and self-presentation as they relate to power relationships, cult and tribal grouping, femme presentation, ritual and the solipsistic need to touch each other."

- Lauren Wy