Lauren Matsumoto

Lauren Matsumoto

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In my work, I assemble a retrospective of vintage sources such as photography, wallpaper clippings, documents, film posters and other ephemera, reframing them in a tactile, physical context. Small collages serve as sketches that are then translated into oil paintings on canvas that appear to be collages, but are not. This faux-collage technique creates the illusion of stacks of torn paper or crumbling blocks. By layering textures and imagery from history, I highlight how the rise and fall of humanity's various eras relates to our environment. Birds land and rest on top of what appear to be collapsed, abandoned monuments. Like us, birds occupy the Earth only for a short time. Unlike us, they move freely and leave nothing behind. Themes touched on in these paintings include nature’s fragility, mortality, free association and ontological play.

The Rise and Fall No. 17
Oil on canvas 48 x 58 in.
The Rise and Fall No. 12
Acrylic and paper collage on Arches watercolor paper 30 x 22 in.

Lauren Matsumoto is a painter exploring how we relate to nature. She is best known for her use of a hybrid form of painting and collage as an innovative way of composing traditional paintings. Internationally, her work was presented in a solo exhibition in Hong Kong and group shows in Vancouver, Tokyo, and at the United States Embassy in Oman. She has also shown her work extensively across the United States. Matsumoto has an international collector base, with works held in collections across Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and North America. She received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and BA in Painting from Yale University. Her honors include a 2019 Artist Residency at the MASS MoCA Studios and participation in the 2011 US Art in Embassies Program. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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