Lauren Salazar Fused Dualities
Lauren Salazar merges the dualities of craft and minimal abstraction, domestic and high art, the traditional and the contemporary through woven installations and sculptures. Salazar invites the viewer’s associations about weaving with domestic objects, tradition and craft and in her work aims to subvert and expand upon these associations by exploiting and magnifying the formal gridded world within the process. In weaving, Salazar is able to connect and explore within the medium’s layered cultural heritage while also indulging in the geometric abstract language that she loves. After her pieces have been woven and are off the loom, the second act occurs. The pieces are aggressively manipulated. Weavings are bound, bolted, and stretched onto and across frames, walls, ceilings, and floors. Process as well as literal and metaphorical tensions are present within the final abstract pieces.