Lauren Boilini was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her B.F.A. in Painting and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006. In 2008 she completed her M.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. She has served as an artist-in-residence at Canserrat in Spain, Jentel Arts in Wyoming, Soaring Gardens in Pennsylvania, the Studios of Key West, the Creative Alliance and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, and as a Consortium Resident at the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. She was invited as an artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 2012. She has served as faculty at a number of schools in the Baltimore/DC area along with Evergreen State College, Pacific Lutheran University and Cornish College of the Arts. She has had recent solo exhibitions in Tacoma, A-Gallery in Pioneer Square and BallardWorks, and through Shunpike Storefronts Project and Out of Sight. She has completed public art projects for the Maryland Department of Public Health and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. This winter she spent collaborating with Henry Cowdery on a multidimensional project through a residency at Oxbow in Georgetown. In 2016 she was awarded an Artist Trust grant to publish a book of drawings and spent this past summer as an artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA working on the sequel, which she completed for a solo exhibition at Furman University.
Lauren is also a long-distance open water swimmer and loves to call Seattle home.
In my current body of work I look at the idea of excess, when images of excess become meaningless and fall into the realm of pattern. This idea of gluttony is reflected in our current culture. We are a hedonistic society, always looking for more until the more we are looking for loses its meaning.
My studio practice has consistently been large scale, mural-sized oil paintings, though I often work directly on the wall exploring painting as installation. The dimension of my work relates to the size of the human body and the potential for painting to physically overwhelm the viewer. I work directly on the wall as I experiment closely with the architecture making paintings that engage floor to ceiling.
Research, reading and exploration are vital to my studio practice, consistently driving my work forward. I continuously seek and study epic narratives, creating my own for each work. I am fascinated with crowds of people converging in one space at one time. I am particularly intrigued by rituals that drive masses of beings to occupy the same space. This includes religious practices, festivals, holidays, political gatherings, the rapture, orgies, feeding frenzies, stampedes, riots, migrations, etc. Recently I have been drawn to images of battles and duels, where opposing forces fight for the same space. I am interested in what drives us to violence and destruction of life.