Three Women with Braids
Lauren Roche is a self-taught artist who was born in Santa Rosa, CA, and now lives in Minneapolis, MN. Her aesthetic is often rooted in autobiography and grapples with the elusive territories of the imagination and memory. Roche’s drawings and paintings feature female nudes in ritualistic acts, cats and dogs living harmoniously, and exotic horses. All creatures share the same stripes, spots, and gestures. An avid reader, Roche cites the magical realist novels of Murakami and Kathy Acker’s punk poetry as influential to her practice. Roche was awarded the 2012-13 Jerome Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. Her work is represented by Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2018
In my work, female nudes and animals interact in abstracted interior and exterior spaces. The figures bend and reach in gestures of empathetic connection, revealing solidarity between impassive yet vulnerable forms. My figures inhabit aural, dreamlike settings, which I create by using rough fields of color and gestural paint strokes.”