Adaptation by Carlos RojasApril 5, 2018
Parts Unknown by Kristin Ayla MurrayApril 5, 2018
Exhibition runs May 1—July 14, 2018
Opening May 17, 2018 from 6-8pm.
This exhibition is part of the 2018 Medalta International Artists in Residence program.
Lauren Balderama’s exhibition, Wouldn’t It be Nice If We Felt The Same, is inspired by the poems, lyrics, patterns, and memories of their life. Lauren’s drawings come to life as physical objects, fun and playful explorations of their experience like pages torn from a journal.
Tic-Tac-Toe played in childhood is here in a new form asking the question, are you ready to play? And one cannot help but be reminded of Snakes and Ladders when viewing Lauren’s wall installation. Starting at one point we are led up, across, down, and through a series of markers that alternate between lost and found.
Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Felt The Same is a collection of objects which act as displays of affection, and mementos. Each contains a narrative about a person, time, and place. The pieces are about how it felt with someone, and how it feels without them. Through these pieces I am preserving the memories and feelings about places, the last times spent with someone, and the ideas dreamt up with them.
Lauren Balderama is a Memphis native, ceramic artist whose work is heavily inspired by poetry, and the objects and historical pottery found in antique stores while on road trips. The themes of their work centre around making monuments and mementos to memories and love through test and symbolism. Balderama completed their BFA in ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art in December 2016. Since graduating they have begun to explore other sculptural mediums, continuing to expand on these themes, develop forms, and create new symbols.