Lauren Pakradooni- MFA AIR- 2011-2012
Throughout the history of printmaking artists and designers have used the medium to illustrate imaginative architecture and design, by borrowing elements of their realities and elaborating, with the intention to disperse these ideas to a larger public. Lauren Pakradooni’s work references the history of the capriccio subjects of printmaking, in relationship to the role of 3D rendering in the construction of new architecture as well as the virtual worlds we inhabit. In Lauren’s sculptural works she designs surface textures in silkscreen methods, to suggest shape and volume, which are then applied to sculptural forms made from hand cut board and paper. The sculptures inhabit a space of flatness and volume, appearing like a remnant or element of a larger structure, a ruin of a non-existent history of architecture. Other works in traditional intaglio printmaking methods explore the geometric and graphic images the push and pull between being flat and dimensional. Within the prints architectural elements such as windows, balustrade, railings, ladders, bricks and tiles, operate as the subject and the surface. The shapes serve as symbols of the the things themselves as well as devices to obfuscate and divide visual space.
While in residence at VCUQatar Lauren Pakradooni worked in intaglio and silkscreen printmaking methods. Her work demonstrated dramatic shifts in scale, from the miniature to the monolithic, depicting and reflecting the environment of Doha, Qatar in its computer rendered designed buildings, executed in tile, concrete, and glass. Two main elements of her work presented in “Our First Time in the Gulf” were a series of 24 3 x 3” etchings that were displayed in an installation along with a nearly 13’ by 5’ etching of a building consisting of arched windows. The works explored the various frames of seeing, making use of mirrors, windows, and reflective surfaces to explore convoluted spaces in architecture. The work was connected by a narrative of the figureless architectural space in a first person observation.
Since Lauren Pakradooni’s residency at VCUQatar she has been actively showing her work and participating in other residencies, including; The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, Women’s Studio workshop Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency in Rhoden, Germany, and AS220 in Providence RI. She has taught at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, University of South Carolina in Spartanburg, SC, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.