I am a Senior in college for a BFA. Right now, I am working on a series of drawings and paintings revolving around the Universe and nature.
Animals always have been, and always will be, my passion. They have been the subject of my drawings ever since I was a child. I blame it on weekends spent at the Saint Louis Zoo and endless hours watching "National Geographic's: Mutual of Omaha". They influenced my desire to learn about biology while attending high school. While in high school, I began collecting bones, feathers, and books. Over these past few years, my passion grew to zoology, cosmology, and mythology.
In the spring of 2012, I finally combined my obsessions into one drawing: "Galactic Collision". The theme surrounding that piece has been the focus of my work ever since.
Cosmology, biology and anatomy have always been intriguing to me. My attraction to the topics have compelled me to find a way to create images that combine elements from these disimilar fields to shape a universe that reflects my unique understanding of the Cosmos.
I have developed a symbolic cosmology where mammals represent nebulae, birds are the stars formed within the nebulae, and insects are the elements (or "dust") created from exploding stars. My hope is that this symbolic representation allows the viewer to see these phenomena as a complete picture of an interacting Universe. Using these animals and insects, I am going to make my own "creation" myth of the Cosmos to parody current and past creation myths which are strongly reliant upon animals, to show how humans attempt to understand the epic intricacy of the Universe.
Inspirations: Walton Ford, Marco Mazzoni, Mucha, The Hubble Space Telescope, animal encyclopedias, and animal skulls.
Materials: Ballpoint Pen, Ink, Watercolor, Colored Pencil and Exacto knifes,
Official Website: www.laurenmarx.com