Lauren Herzak-Bauman

Lakewood, OH

I make sculptures and installations that examine materiality and production in relation to my evolving relationship with porcelain clay. Referencing material from encounters within abandoned and derelict spaces, I arrange handmade multiples in a methodical and repetitive manner, creating a mass of material pile-ups. The physicality of the clay I use—its strength, fragility, pure whiteness, and translucency—becomes a metaphor for the human condition. I am curious about the relationship between the objects I make and my own perceptions of control, particularly how porcelain’s capabilities to warp, bend, crack, and break reveal the human nature of the work and the error my hands impart.
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