Lauren Fensterstock
Sculptor and Installation Artist
Portland, ME
2016 USA Fellow

This award is generously supported by the Barr Foundation.

Lauren Fensterstock creates elaborate sculptures and installations that explore the evolving history of our relationship to nature. By merging contradictory historic perspectives – spanning the Picturesque, the Baroque, Minimalism, and Earth Work – she reveals the cultural roots of our concept of nature. These intricate artworks are constructed in the material of ladies’ accomplishments, such as quilled paper and shell work, emphasizing the capacity of traditional female crafts to reflect on the complexities of the world beyond the domestic sphere. Lauren’s work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at The John Michael Kohler Art Center, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Drexel University, and will be presented in an upcoming solo project at MOCA Jacksonville in 2017. Her work is represented by Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.Outside the studio, Lauren has taught, lectured, and critiqued around the country, most recently at the Rhode Island School of Design and Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously served as Academic Program Director of the Interdisciplinary MFA in Studio Arts at Maine College of Art and as Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Lauren holds degrees from the Parsons School of Design (BFA 1997) and SUNY New Paltz (MFA 2000).

Portrait photo by Greta Rybus.
  • Artwork by Lauren Fensterstock
    Colorless Field 3, 2015, paper and mixed media (Photo: Constance Mensh, courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery)
    Lauren Fensterstock | Forays and Follies July 17 – August 28, 2015 Drexel University
  • Artwork by Lauren Fensterstock
    The Order of Things, 2016, mixed media (photo: courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery)
  • Artwork by Lauren Fensterstock
    Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.
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