Lauren Downton

Bachelor of Contemporary Art
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My body of work investigates the ephemeral nature of life, exploring themes of death, decay and regeneration through nature-based metaphors. I examine lifecycles in nature, and how these ideas intersect with historical and contemporary notions of the ‘ruin’. Ruins can be viewed as hybrids; a fusion between nature and society, regeneration and decay, life and death, transience and permanence. They are inherently transitional in nature, existing in an abject, liminal state of in-between. I use animal and vegetal forms, as well as the ghostly nature of porcelain, to explore these ambiguous states and notions of change. Through use of slip cast hybrid forms, I explore the interconnected cyclicality of our ecosystem and its relationship with humankind. Ruins historically corresponded to a consciousness of past and future times; relics that brought about an awareness of the temporality of life, and symbols of modernity’s uncertainty. I explore these ideas with an awareness of current times of immense global change, where reevaluating our relationship with nature becomes critical in achieving sustainability for future generations.

Remains
Porcelain, glaze, crystals