Her photomontages are conceived using a personal photo library, following a process that is not unlike the way many painters make sketches at different locations and later combine them in a painting.
Her work probes the mental process of transition, a particular phase when our parameters of perception shift, when we suddenly don't see ourselves, our environment, or our life quite the same way we used to. These transitional periods often feel like being in a place we know but can't quite identify. As we try to adjust to a post-modern society marked by speed and the implosion of boundaries between image and referent, appearance and reality, we repeatedly get this feeling of disorientation and dissonance. We have been introduced to a new stage of abstraction, a dematerialization in which images and signs take on a life of their own, divorced from our former notions of the real. The loss of concrete connections to the objects of our senses creates a void within us, but it also unleashes a flow of new and elusive perceptions. Giving them the visual characteristics of a landscape is her way to explore them.
Located somewhere between fiction and reality, her images represent a mental landscape affected by a world of constant change. They show an unreality, transitional non-places where human action and inhabitation are recorded in strange antitheses of nature and artifice, or, better still, artificial nature and natural artifice.
French-born Lauren Marsolier lives and works in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Houston Center for Photography fellowship, where she had a solo exhibition. Her work was included in the ’31 Women in Art Photography’ 2012 selection by the Humble Art Foundation in NYC, 'Looking at the Land' at the RISD Museum of Art and also in the major 2013 London Exhibition 'Landmark: The Fields of Photography' at the Somerset House. Her images have been published internationally and the British Journal of Photography featured her as one of ‘20 photographers to watch in 2013’. Her first monograph 'Transition' has just been published by Kerber Verlag. On November 19, 2014, she will be part of a panel discussion about contemporary landscape photography at TATE MODERN in London, moderated by William A. Ewing with fellow artists: Thomas Struth, Penelope Umbrico, Massimo Vitali and Mishka Henner. She will also have a solo show at Galerie Richard in New York in Spring 2015.