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Lauren Boilini is a painter based out of Seattle, Washington. She received her B.F.A. in Painting and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006 and in 2008 she completed her M.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has served as an artist-in-residence at Canserrat in Spain, Jentel Arts in Wyoming, Soaring Gardens in Pennsylvania, the Studios of Key West, the Creative Alliance and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, and as a Consortium Resident at the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. She was invited as an artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 2012. She was also awarded her first major public art commission through the Maryland Department of Public Health, and was a finalist for a commission at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. She has served as faculty at a number of schools in the Baltimore/DC area and will be teaching at Evergreen College and Cornish College of the Arts this year.
Her current work deals with the idea of excess, when images of excess become meaningless and fall into the realm of pattern. This idea of gluttony is reflected in our current culture. We are a hedonistic society, always looking for more until the more we are looking for loses its meaning.
Through this interest in excess, she investigates various events and practices that bring large numbers of life forms together to discover how beings interact when driven together in mass quantities. This includes religious practices, festivals, holidays, political gatherings, orgies, feeding frenzies, stampedes, riots, migrations, etc. Recently she has been drawn to images of battles and duels, where opposing forces fight for the same space. She is interested in what drives us to violence and destruction of life.
She was recently awarded a grant through Artist Trust in Seattle to work on a small book of drawings that will be modeled after a graphic novel, and just finished a storefront installation on the Amazon campus. You can view her work at www.laurenboilini.net.