"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
Lauren Thomson creates unique artwork out of encaustic, natural fibers, wood and various other mixed media, developing forms that do not follow any logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations rooted in her lifelong obsession with color and patterns and tactile sensations. And shiny things. By focusing on several contrasting techniques and materials, she often creates distinctly non-identical familiar works. Mistakes are repeated.
She is firmly grounded and eminently comfortable, whether making art or living life, in the Japanese concept of 侘寂 (wabi-sabi), including authentic expression, natural materials, rough edges, imperfect finishes, even (almost) deliberate flaws.
Lauren Thomson was educated at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a BA in English Literature, and studied for many years at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in its now defunct but once spectacular Metals/Jewelry program. She also makes websites, logos and signage through her company Lauren Thomson Design, to pay for all the paint and wax and yarn.
She currently lives and works in Salida, CO.
95% of Lauren’s work is done on a commission basis. If you see something you like, please contact her and she will work with you to plan your own custom piece.