Lauren Keeley’s practice encompasses multiple processes of image-making mixing the cool, computer-precise style of digital fabrication with a warm, tactile quality of hand-made processes. Her lifelike works are made up of wooden panels which are layered together to create a relief: whilst portraying two-dimensional imagery they are physically very sculptural, acting as a sort of frieze on the wall. Keeley’s imagery ruminates on contemporary life - the individual within the mechanised, the co-ordinated structures we are all part of. These observations are reduced to synthesised arrangements of shape, pattern, colour and form, in a bid to reflect these pressured, continuous systems we are all complicit in.
Lauren Keeley (b. 1986) obtained a MFA from the Slade School of Art, London, and a BFA from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. Her work was recently exhibited at: Galerie Derouillon, Paris (2019); Frieze Focus, London (2018); Frutta, Rome (2018, 2015); Breese|Little, London (2017); Liste, Basel (2017); Parallax Scrolling, Breese|Little, London (2017); Supplement, London (2015). Recent residencies and prizes: Chelsea Arts Trust Bursary Award (2019), Porthmeor Studios Residency and Barto dos Santos Memorial Prize (2014).
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? There are many, but the heroes I think of most are those who worked in more of a craft/applied arts way - people like Anni Albers, Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada. I love their dedication to a process, an aesthetic, a material, a way of life.
Which work of art you wished you owned? A Picasso ‘Owl plate’. I saw a small exhibition of them in France a few years ago and I think having one around would make me happy every day.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Scalpel! I do a lot of masking and cutting out.
Describe your studio in three words: Plant-filled, functional, tidyish.
Do you collect anything? I got a dog a while ago, called Shoji (after Hamada), since then I have been accidentally accumulating drawings and ceramics that look like him. They are mostly pretty kitsch but I love them.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? I mostly listen to podcasts, and then always Gilles Peterson on a Saturday.