Lauren Downton

Bachelor of Contemporary Art

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.

Porcelain, glaze, crystals