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Lauren Matsumoto

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Nature and how we relate to it is the central theme of my work. In my work, a hybrid form of painting, drawing and collage functions as a metaphor for the continual cycle of decay and regeneration on Earth. As I repeatedly layer textured paint, hand-drawn and printed vintage ephemera, toile or Victorian weaving patterns, barnacles, lichens, webs and other natural elements into an eclectic composition, I slowly build a history for each work. Fauna and flora are protagonists interacting with what humans leave behind in the environment– ranging from a Louis XV chair to a muscle car or vintage radio. Old and new come together in my work, celebrating nature, memory and the cycle of life.