50: Lauren Lee

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Lauren Lee
Lauren Lee is a painter from Yuma. She moved to Phoenix 10 years ago to study fine art at Arizona State University. She says after graduation, she landed a gig at New School for the Arts and Academics, where she taught visual art for five years.

This spring, Lee left NSAA to, as her students would say "go get famous" and she has been working at that ever since. Currently, along with shows at Fair Trade and {9} The Gallery, she has been working on large scale public art for the Mesa Art Center, a collaborative mural for the upcoming Mesa Urban Garden and a mural at GreenHaus on Third and Roosevelt streets where she will also be having a solo show in October.

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photo by Niba DelCastillo
"Three Birds" mural by Lauren Lee on GreenHaus
I came to Phoenix with . . . big dreams. Being from a small town, Phoenix was this big, giant field of possibility.

I make art because . . . I believe in the communication of something real, something beautiful. An image is the most complete form of communication, it is not dependent on language or literacy. We are these feeling, thinking, living beings and art reminds me of my humanity, and of yours. It has always been the thought behind the art that intrigues me.

I'm most productive when . . . I am spiritually, mentally and emotionally connected to the work. When I realize that this might be the last thing I say, so I better make it good.

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Lauren Lee
"The Birth and Death of Stars"
My inspiration wall is full of . . . roman candles, paint brushes, Buddhist statues and every color of Sharpie marker known to man.

I've learned the most from . . . the people I have loved. Love has informed my life as to what is important, what matters and what you take with you. I live as though I died a long time ago and this is just a free ride.

Good work should always . . . have heart. Tell a story. Reveal. Someone told me a long time ago "If you don't feel vulnerable after making a piece of art, destroy it and start again." This whole thing is about going deeper, creation and destruction, fear. Art should be a process of self actualization, the beautiful and the profane.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . artists! I love meeting other artists, being creative is a beautiful thing and I think we could use some more beauty in this world.

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Lauren Lee
"As You Fall"
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson

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mnoelnicu
mnoelnicu

Very beautiful! I believe we will see many more gorgeous work from this artist ~ Ms. Lauren Lee!

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