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Lauren Potts is a Newcastle-based artist who has been exhibiting since 2003, during which time she has had several solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle in 2006, and is currently completing a Masters in Philosophy Design (Natural History Illustration) at the University of Newcastle. Her work is represented in many public and private collections. In 2007, she won the Brian & Rhoma Cummins Painting Prize.
About the works
Vanitas, the Dutch tradition wherein an artist uses morbid symbolic objects (such as skulls, rotting food, fading flowers, etc) in order to produce in the viewer's mind an acute awareness of the brevity of life and the inevitability of death, and the symbolic power of the image are just two of Lauren Pott's preoccupations.
She creates intimate and poetic imaginary worlds that are inhabited by exotic subjects. These subjects represent not only power, the exotic, wealth and flamboyance but, conversely, innocence and fragility. Elements of the sinister and the sublime are also present throughout. Although the stag and the deer have historically been symbols of strength and power, when juxtaposed in the intricate artificial environments in which they now appear, they become commodities to be exploited and, therefore, morbid symbols of death. Living in Newcastle, Potts has witnessed firsthand the dramatic changes to the environment as a result of industry and considers the cost to the natural world.
Works in the Allens collection
acrylic on canvas, 90.5 x 105.1cm
Nobody's ghost 2011
acrylic on canvas, 83 x 97.6cm