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Lauren Ryan Smith is a Hudson Valley based artist born in Queens. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2010) and has attended several residencies including Studios at MASS MoCA, The Wassaic Project, The Vermont Studio Center, ChaNorth, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Woodside, receiving several merit based awards. In 2016, Smith worked as the Program Coordinator for ChaNorth, establishing their visiting artist and curator program. Smith had her first solo exhibition in 2017 at the historic Jefferson Market Library in New York’s West Village. She has exhibited throughout the east coast and abroad including Cuchifritos Gallery (NYC), The Tibet House (NYC), Room 83 Spring (Boston), Trestle Projects (Brooklyn), BRIC House (Brooklyn), ArticulateUpstairs (Sydney AU) and the Cementa Arts Festival (Kandos AU).

Smith creates rope and clay sculptures along side a rigorous investigation of gestural self-investigative drawings. Her recent works utilize repetative circular forms in a formal exploration of shape, negative space, material presence and visual weight. Through the accumulation of these markings, a single congruent line is created, eliminating the fragmentation of individual markings and moments. This work serves as an aggregate to discuss the intersection of visceral language and introspective dialogue