Statement and Bio
Lauren Rago’s studio practice explores the potential of combining materials such as pastel, charcoal, paints, tape, collage, and nearly forgotten drawings and paintings. She does not begin a piece or a series knowing what it will look like. Through a focus on composition and placement combined with layering, erasing, tearing away, and smudging, she seeks to create moments of depth, sound, and meaning through visual tension and harmony. Lauren often starts and finishes a piece within a single studio session. This limitation of time provides her with the excitement of new beginnings and visual possibilities.
Residing and working in New York City, Lauren Rago is a mixed-media artist focused on creating non-representational work. A sampling of her recent exhibitions include shows with League Street Studios (PA), Fleisher Art Memorial (PA), ArtSpace 1241 (PA), Silvermine Art Center (CT), Prince Street Gallery (NYC), and Torpedo Factory Art Center (VA). Most recently, Lauren held a studio space and practice at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (CO) in Summer 2023 where she created 2D works as well as a large-scale installation. She received her BFA from Rutgers University in 2011 and her MA in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016.
In addition to her studio practice, Lauren is a passionate educator, researcher, published scholarly writer, and conference presenter of K-12 contemporary art pedagogy. She is also the founder and curator of 2131space, a virtual art gallery dedicated to celebrating emerging visual artists via website and social media.