“My paintings are landscapes in the sense that they are formed from the memories of places but have, in their translation onto canvas, become abstractions of those memories. By allowing what happens naturally with the alchemy of painting to represent the same building up and dissolving that takes place in my mind, my work becomes a reflection of how I perceive the past. Referencing back to scenes and places, these atmospheric landscapes are a mirage formed from a mixture of real and imagined memories; they become either micro or macro representations of a place that I create. By combining the real and the imaginary landscapes of my subconscious, the different recognitions lose their individuality as particular places and become fused as a result. Differentiating between what I remember and what I imagine defeats the point of these referential landscapes, as they, like memories, form and change with time. They become convoluted mixtures of remnants of what I believe to remember and that of which I am no longer sure.”
From the time Lauren Fogg was born she has been a world traveler. Growing up in a military family in Germany, she had seen most of Europe by the time she was 7, which has engrained her with endless love for traveling. While she enjoys visiting cities of the world, her real passion is to explore the great outdoors and its natural wonders. Trips throughout North America, Europe and Asia’s vast wildernesses have become the muses for the painting of her abstracted landscapes. Lauren graduated from the University of West Florida with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in 2009. She has been commissioned for multiple large-scale works, including a painting for the University of West Florida’s Psychology Building entitled “It’s Quiet in Montana,” as well as works for her personal collectors in the Northwest Florida and Memphis, Tennessee areas. Lauren now lives in Memphis, where she has had a solo exhibition in downtown Memphis’ restaurant Flight as well as a solo exhibition in the Energy Gallery in Memphis’ South Main Art’s District. She works as a full time artist, focusing her energy on building up a large body of work that expresses her love of nature through the medium of oil paint.