Visiting Artist Lecture: Lauren Kalman

Thursday, May 3

7.00 pm Callicott Auditorium

Lauren Kalman

Metal artist, sculptor, performance and installation artist

Tributaries artist at the Metal Museum

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist whose practice is invested in installation, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates perspectives of beauty, body image, value and consumer culture. Raised in the Midwest, Kalman completed her MFA in Art from the Ohio State University and earned a BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of art. She exhibits internationally.
Her current work replicates and transforms illness and trauma through performance, video, objects and photography. Diseases like acne, cancer, herpes, elephantiasis or physical trauma like amputation and facial reconstruction surgery, are presented as jeweled infections, fabric growths or wearable instruments. They are hybridizations of the grotesque or undesirable aspects of the body and objects we associate with beauty, status, health or wealth.


Hard Wear (Tongue Guilding), 2006, gold leaf

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