Studying Art and Artists
|Lauren Dyer, Point of Origin, 2001; fabric,
paint, ink, embroidery, encaustic wax, sand; 7 by 15 by
12 inches. Photo: Gugger Petter. Courtesy of the American
How artists support themselves, find a community
in which they feel supported, and arrange their lives to make
art: these are issues M.F.A. student Lauren Dyer has been
mulling over. Meanwhile, she's been creating fabric sculptures:
sewn, stuffed with sand, and painted, drawn on, embroidered,
"Having time and space to focus on artwork is
what generates creativity," says Dyer. After five years working
in arts administration by day and logging studio time at night,
Dyer found the time and space she needed to develop her work
by going back to school. She focused first on technique and
discipline as a core student at North Carolina's Penland School
of Crafts (1998-2000), and now she's concentrating on ideas
and theory at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
|Lauren Dyer, Untitled (detail),
2001; fabric, sand.
An installation of Dyer's sculptures won an honorable
mention in 2001 in the American Craft Museum's first Horizon
Award competition for students in craft media, co-sponsored
by Hunter Douglas Window Fashions.
Plucky, 2000; fabric, paint, ink, embroidery,
sand; 4 by 3 by 2 inches. Photo: Tom Mills.
Proliferate, 2000; fabric, paint, ink, embroidered
thread, sand, metal; 7 by 11 by 2 inches overall. Photo: Tom
Untitled, 2001; wood, encaustic wax, paper,
ink, beads; 18 by 20 by 3 inches.