Lauren Davies' work often harkens back to growing up in Pittsburgh and attending youth art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This artistic education involved countless Saturday afternoons spent sketching the Carnegie’s natural history dioramas, insect collections and replicas of everything from beaver dams to miniature period rooms. This formative experience eventually led to a MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute.
After spending decades in California, Davies recently returned to the Rust Belt. This geographic change shifted her attention to decaying American manufacturing and the impact of global and internet economies on communities around Cleveland, Youngstown, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Combining photography with affordable materials and web-based services and processes, her recent work connects historical narratives to a current sense of economic unraveling witnessed in both the landscape and industrial architecture scattered throughout the Rust Belt.
Davies received a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Award in addition to multiple Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. She has been an been an artist-in-residence at the California Academy of Sciences, Santa Fe Art Institute, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The Lab and La Porte Peinte in Noyers, France. Her widely exhibited work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Art Papers, and Temporary Art Review amongst others.
Lauren Davies currently lives in Cleveland.