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). 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 was also awarded her first major public art commission through the Maryland Department of Public Health, and was a finalist for a commission at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. She has shown her work all over the East Coast and Washington and was awarded a 2-year fellowship at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia, through which she had her first solo-exhibition in Philadelphia at the Metropolitan Gallery. She has served as faculty at a number of schools in the Baltimore/DC area and is now happy to call Seattle home. She was awarded an Artist Trust grant to publish a book and has enjoyed teaching at the Evergreen College and Cornish College of the Arts. Her work was recently shown in solo exhibitions in Tacoma, A-Gallery in Pioneer Square and BallardWorks, and through Shunpike Storefronts Project, as well as Out of Sight 2017.
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.