Nature, fantasy, cultural appropriation, female sexuality and transformation are all a part of my subject. In 19th century Indian miniatures it was common to depict zenana, the stories of the palace’s forbidden womens’ quarters. Using a hybrid form of painting, drawing and collage, my work explores the theme of modern women interacting with nature. My visual stories depict intimate scenes of women harmonizing with the natural world, even as the engine of modern industrialism continues to leave our detritus behind in the environment. With this theme I hope to address the decadence and materialism of modern experience, and celebrate the beauty of nature that we must protect.
Lauren Matsumoto is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work explores the dynamic relationship between humans and the natural world. Born in New York of Finnish heritage, married into a Japanese-Mexican family, she has lived in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Florida, New York and traveled to many other countries. During these travels she gathers insight into other cultures, collecting visual information she appropriates in her work. She has participated in international group exhibitions on three different continents and enjoys speaking about art and design at universities such as Yale and Cooper Union. Her work has been published in Print magazine, GD USA, Graphis and several other noteworthy annuals. She earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Art from Yale.