Lauren Eckert "Zenon"
hydraulic forming, laser welding, anodizing
5"h x 3.25"w x 1"d
"My pieces are heavily influenced by the form languages of current technology and science fiction. I have taken inspiration from interstellar spaceships, medical imaging equipment, early smartphone designs, and video game controllers. I am interested in these forms because metal and other industrial infrastructure has a strong visual presence in the aesthetics of both utopian and dystopian imagery, allowing me to access a wealth of associations about the changing present and speculative futures. Industry is so dissimilar from flesh, yet it functions in our imagination to constrain, advance, and augment the flesh through digital and mechanical means. Similarly, I use the tools and materials of industry – metal, computers, screens, 3D printing, and code – as a means to witness the machine’s collaborative relationship with people and thought. This results in objects and digital works that can come from, look towards, and suggest my visions for anticipated versions of the future."
Living and working at Peters Valley as a Studio Assistant was such an amazing and fulfilling summer. I learned skills that have influenced my current studio practice that I might not have otherwise sought out through both the workshops and collaborating with the other assistants. Furthermore, I met so many professionals within my field who I can look up to as role models for what being a working artist looks like today.Lauren Eckert, Philadelphia, PA
Lauren Eckert is a multimedia object maker and illustrator from New Jersey. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Museum Arnhem, Amsterdam, NL; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN; Form & Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; New York City Jewelry Week; and Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ. In 2018, she curated the show “The Virtual Hand” for Temple University. She has received awards including a Shapeways Education Grant, and a Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference Student Scholarship in 2019. Her work was included in the 2018 SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey and in Current Obsession’s series “SO MINT!” Eckert attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia where she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM in 2019. She was recently a Studio Assistant at Peters Valley School of Craft and an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Eckert is based in Philadelphia, PA.
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