Lauren Anais Hussey

Region: Midwest

Through abstraction, my work explores binaries and symbols. They mimic the way I witness identity functioning within contemporary society: hybridized. I want to resist an absolute and have the work communicate this, as if to say, “I’m not what you think I am.” I am interested in finding new ways to communicate a lived experience through object conversion. I include variations in dimensionality, both illusionistic and formal, to have the works remain in flux. As a first-generation Cuban-American, I have had to adjust where I situate myself within society, and my cultural experience has been bifurcated by half-ness and appearance. Some other ideas that influence my work are taste, humor, absurdity, deflation, the grotesque, displacement, and play with artifice.