Headlands Center for the Arts

Lauren McKeon

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2016—2017
Affiliate Program 2015—2016
Graduate Fellowship Program 2014, San Francisco State University

Artist Statement

Making art is a way of creating my own value system in the world, a practice of questioning structures which frame our experience.
Sculpture came out of dance. Objects are formed as ensembles. Currently I am making sculptures which appear to have the purpose of supporting a body or action. Minimal in form and material, the sculptures are familiar, like shapes in the background. A cane, a stage, an arch, a staircase, a trap door….
Materials are broken down and used again, an act which renders them as props.
Not valued commodities. Or representations. They are active not benign.
Construction of these objects is often layered and labored, imperfect by hand. A practice of inefficiency, in resistance to the value structure of convenience and ease.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands I will continue to think about forms that articulate the need for resistance against traditional structures of framing our experience.

In scale, sculptures relate to my body. In space they relate to one another, like props without a stage, without bodies, left in a storage room. Construction of these objects is often layered and labored, a practice of inefficiency, in resistance to the value structure of convenience and speed. I plan to continue this system.

Selected Works