Lauren Gallaspy received her BFA in ceramics at the University of Georgia and her MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. As an active artist with a rigorous studio practice in both sculptural and functional ceramics as well as painting and drawing, she has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and at conferences nationally and internationally since 2004. From 2009 to 2012, Lauren served as co-director and owner of Trace Gallery in Athens, Georgia with her husband, artist Andy Nasisse. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In 2013, she was recognized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as an Emerging Artist in her field, and is one of 25 recipients of the 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Gallaspy’s ceramics explore the primordial, oozing state of clay — formalising improvised compositions that shift between sculptural object and collapsing experiment, and which reveal a narrative through unexpected relationships and exchange. “Consume the Moon” finds eerie spatial resonance in seemingly disparate elements, the title clearly adding lunar significance to the large orb — and the overall structure taking on a semi-figurative or organic sense of restlessness.
Title: What Goes up
Artist: Lauren Gallaspy
Gallaspy’s ceramics have an alien purpose — ‘What Goes Up’s strange elemental form seeming to have melted and be growing; the delicately patterned skin of the vessel coated in a primordial ooze that speaks truly of clay as a viscous, erratic material. Searching branchlike geometric webs picked out in ink defy and fight the instability, and an interesting combination of 2 and 3d elements begins to form. The thicker strains of a web morphing into actuality in a skeletal framework of delicate tubular ceramic. In her practice Gallaspy seeks to find an interactive space between the existent and the unknown, utilising chance and accident to find stimulating result.