Working with concepts of femininity, my paintings unabashedly portray women delighted in their skins. Embracing flaws, sexuality and indulgence, they urge the viewer to engage with their own physicality. Social labels of grotesque and lust associated with the body interest me, my paintings explore the intricacies of the two. My figures exude flamboyance and confidence. The term ‘feminine’ should be flexible and fluid and more strongly associated with the term ‘feminist’. Society manages to keep the two concepts fairly disassociated, when in fact both should bring the word ‘robust’ to mind.
Lauren Mele was trained at The Art Institute of Boston, USA (2008), upon finishing her BFA she moved to London and got her MA at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (2012) in Contemporary Art. She works from her studio at Bow Arts. Lauren Mele lives and works in London, she was born in France (1986).
Recent exhibitions include The Other Art Fair London 2019, Vienna Calling 2019, Art Rooms Roma 2019