Much of Lauren DiCioccio’s art is best understood as a collection of 21st-century still lifes rooted in a post-Dada modernism. DiCioccio primarily uses traditional embroidery and sewing techniques to recreate or alter found objects like books, newspapers, recyclable water bottles and plastic shopping bags, and day-to-day objects like playing cards, clocks and slides. By contemplating these objects the artist is able to comment upon various concerns about mass-production and the environment while revealing the beauty of these everyday items as they approach obsolescence.
Sewing, like other media such as drawing or watercolor, is a focused, quiet pursuit that feels domestic and female by nature. Early contemporary artists like Louise Bourgeois and Lee Bontecou invited these connotations in their work, and younger artists like Andrea Zittel and Yinka Shonibare often include hand-sewn clothing to suggest the presence (or lack of presence) of an invisible or long-gone, semi-biographical subject. DiCioccio uses sewing more directly than many of these artists but removes any personal associations with the final objects. Rather than as a means to an end, it is the physical, tedious act of sewing that she is interested in exposing for its unavoidably intimate connection to the physical thing being created.
For example, in the artist’s series of small, dead animals the soft bunnies and mice made of white cotton have torn-open insides of magenta, pink and red yarn and fabric that seem to actively spill out of their bodies. Such an occurrence is natural to the world though aggressive and generally out of our sight, but DiCioccio provides an opportunity to contemplate the beauty and fragility of these otherwise forgotten animals in a quiet and controlled way.
All of the forms her work has yielded have completely transformed from the original nature of the object upon which they are based. Gone is the disposable, factory-made thing and in its place is an object that, if used, would immediately be destroyed. The indestructible is replaced by the delicate and what was once anonymous becomes known.
Lauren DiCioccio is an American artist born outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her training in fine art at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Art History in 2002. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY where she works and lives. In recent years she has gained significant domestic exposure, including five individual shows and three two person shows on both the east and west coasts. Her first solo exhibition in New York will be at Tomlinson Kong Contemporary in Spring 2013.
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