Lauren Braun is an artist who creates drawings, paintings and collages. Pittsburgh International Airport transformed one of her paintings into a large-scale wall mural on temporary display in the airside terminal through Spring 2019. Recent honors include participating in an Idea Furnace Residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and being selected as an Emerging Artist in the 2018 Three Rivers Arts Festival. She attended a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and was awarded a Tending Space Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation. Her work is held in private, corporate, and public collections. She received her MFA from the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a BFA cum laude in Art Photography from Syracuse University. A native of Buffalo, NY, Lauren lives in Pittsburgh.
I am an artist who constructs an imagined architectural world through collages, drawings and paintings. My work is rooted in the Rust Belt and consists of abstract cityscapes and map-like views of unidentified spaces. The architectural hallmarks of the Rust Belt (industrial buildings, brickwork, arched windows, steel bridges) are my visual language. Over the last decade, the visuals in my work reflect our increasingly digital world through the use of colliding planes of color, and the illusion of folding space through line. I employ detailed mark-making, working to the edge of the picture plane, and extreme perspective to exhibit the dizzying growth of the cityscape. This is what I observe happening in the world around me.
I grew up in a suburb near Buffalo, NY. My childhood memories of Buffalo are punctuated by abandoned industrial steel and grain mills and the grittiness of the city at that time. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 and observed many crossover Rust Belt traits with my hometown. Instead of the flat topography found in Buffalo, Pittsburgh is set against the backdrop of mountainous terrain, the junction of three rivers, 90 neighborhoods and 446 bridges. The evolution of Buffalo over my lifetime, and Pittsburgh over the last 12 years that I’ve lived here, is a source of inspiration. In many ways, I observed the glimmer of possibility turn into reinvention for these cities.