In her third one-person exhibition, Lauren Satlowski shows a body of paintings manifesting psychological spaces that are both claustrophobic and vast. The lone protagonists of Satlowski’s paintings find themselves in power struggles with the very bodies they occupy. They are flimsy, nebulous and without bones.
Drawing on cinematic tropes from genres of horror and science fiction, Satlowski conjures a droning sense of the other. The iconic subjects in these paintings experience the anxiety of occupying female bodies matched with the urgency of realizing their power. The figures are not idealized, but their bodies are still objectified on glossy oil painted surfaces, a medium that calls for a reconciliation with a history that struggles through anxieties of power, possession and objectification.
These images characterize a consciousness and body at a moment of crisis. Confronting the potential for transformation, one must determine whether it’s becoming or undoing. Overarching is the sense that these uncanny subjects hover in their own ether, untethered and unburdened by the viewers’ projected associations, yet our human need to mythologize the drama of our pleasure and pain finds transformative healing and satisfaction in our imagined surrogates.
Lauren Satlowski was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2013 and a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 2009. Her work has been presented in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico, Europe and has had solo exhibitions at Embassy in Los Angeles and Wasserman Projects in Detroit. Satlowski lives and works in Los Angeles.
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