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Lauren Jones Worth

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a gardener of strangeness in the true sense of Baudelaire. For me, art is a puzzle, each piece beautiful, strange, and unique, slowly forming a larger image as we begin to understand its logic and intoxicating beauty. My engagement with the natural world has led me to believe that we can be sustained through playful care, reverence, and stewardship of the world around us. It is my goal as an artist to cultivate curiosity and encourage the discovery of beauty in the strangest of places.

As a child I watched my mother’s skillful hands cut and combine fabrics for quilts and clothes, always finding a place in the pattern for discarded scraps. The metamorphosis of materials and shapes taught me the value of pruning. I learned that the sensual pleasure in tending an idea does not end with the last stitch, but rather endures as a gift or as the fruits of our labor.

My current body of work is like deviating from a familiar forest path and discovering the fallen garden. Each piece skirts the border between the real and the imagined like a memory that may have been a dream. I create my work through blending paint with photographic images, bearing witness to nature in all its wonder and fragility. I intend for my work to remind us of a garden we love but are just beginning to know.

EDUCATION

2003: UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, MALS
1976: Stephens College, Columbia Mo., B.A. in Communications, Minor in Drawing & Painting
1972: Governor’s School of North Carolina
1977-2012: Additional Painting & Drawing classes taken at Appalachian State University, UNC-Greensboro, and Penland School of Crafts.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Semans Gallery, Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC)
2015 Tyler White O’Brien Gallery (Greensboro, NC)
2014 Walter Wickiser Gallery Inc. (New York, New York)
2013 Walter Wickiser Gallery Inc. (New York, New York)
2012 Shain Gallery (Charlotte, NC)
2011 Crook’s Corner Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC)
2010 Tyler White O’Brien Gallery (Greensboro, NC)
2009 Green Hill Center for NC Art Gallery Shop (Greensboro, NC)
2008 Tyler White O’Brien Gallery (Greensboro, NC)
GROUP AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2016 Green Hill Center for NC Art (Greensboro, NC) Collectors Choice
2016 Gallery Artists Part XIII, Walter Wickiser Gallery Inc. (New York, New York)
2016 ART ASPEN in the Walter Wickier Gallery Inc. Booth, Aspen, CO
2015 ART ASPEN in the Walter Wickier Gallery Inc. Booth, Aspen, CO
2015 LA Art Show in the Walter Wickiser Gallery Inc. Booth, Los Angeles, CA
2014 NC Artists’ Exhibition, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Raleigh, NC
2013 Sechrest Art Gallery, High Point University, High Point, NC
2013 Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
2013 Vision Gallery, Atlantic Beach, NC
2013 TRCW (Charlotte, NC) Art Meets Fashion
2012 Prince Street Gallery (New York, NY) 5th National Juried Exhibition
2012 Raleigh Fine Arts Society (Raleigh, NC) NC Artists Juried Exhibition
2012 The Mahler Fine Art Gallery (Raleigh, NC)
2011 Tyler White Gallery (Greensboro, NC)
2011 Green Hill Center for NC Art (Greensboro, NC) The Winter Show
2011 NC Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC) Art of the Auction Juried Show
2011 Vision Gallery (Atlantic Beach, NC)
2008 Tyler White Gallery (Figure 8 Island, Wilmington, NC)
2008 The Design Gallery (Burnsville, NC)

FUNDRAISING AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Avery County Humane Society, Greensboro Day School, Greensboro Jr. League, United Family Services (Charlotte, NC), & St. Mary’s School (Raleigh, NC). Paintings are in business collections in Guilford County, including the Cone Health Regional Cancer Center, Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro, Greensboro Country Club, as well as private collections in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Raleigh, Linville, NC, New York City, Portland, Oregon, Watch Hill, Rhode Island, and Atlanta, Georgia.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

Professional experience includes work as a graphic designer in earlier years, and from 1989-1999 a painter of faux finishes and trompe-l’oeil for the Wind Rose, an importer of antiques and accessories selling to an international clientele with showrooms in Greensboro and High Point. I have served on the board of Greenhill Center for NC Art, Chair of the Weatherspoon Art Museum Foundation, and Chair/Co-Founder of the Public Art Endowment, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

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