Lauren Rayburn

Professional Artist

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Artist Statement

In paint I conceal and reveal my own image. My painted and lived self consistently vie between the visible and invisible. The viewer finds my painted face turned away, vulnerable to self-exposure. My figures are almost feral in their raw unrefined state.

I search for a way to elude the narrow confines that are thrust upon me by myself and my culture. I resist the codification of my body into “short,” “rectangle,” “Asian,” and “thin” categories, and struggle against these physical limitations.

I am constantly reshaping my concept of self. Many selves are housed within my one physical form. I follow the threads of vulnerability and feelings of insecurity to watch inner conflicts unfold physically on the canvas. New selves form to challenge and eclipse others. Personal revelations in paint portend my future.