Lauren Fensterstock

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The Third Nature series was inspired by my fascination with an obscure tool called a Claude Glass. Allegedly developed by renowned painter Claude Lorain, this black convex mirror was used by artists to reflect landscapes. The dark color and curved surface of the glass reduced unnecessary detail and squeezed a complex view into a neat composition. The Claude Glass caught on just as the British were reshaping their landscape into the Picturesque style. Tourists strolling through the countryside in search of picture perfect views would use these mirrors to capture the image of nature as a momentary work of art. Here, landscape is manipulated to look like a painting; the earth becoming an expression of man’s view of nature rather than man’s true experience of nature. History, decay, and disorder are all potent tricks of the picturesque gardener, giving way to a knowingly melodramatic visual array. It is telling that we call these views scenery. Like a stage set, the picturesque garden was created as a site for the dramatic display of human experience.

Claude Glass (Cube 1 and 2)
mixed media
36 x 36 x 36 in.
2014
Claude Glass (Cube2) detail
mixed media
36 x 36 x 36 in.
2014
Claude Glass (Cube 1) detail
mixed media
36 x 36 x 36 in.
2014
Black Parlor Shade
paper under Victorian glass dome
2013
Map (Hidden Spaces)
paper
35 x 40 x 12
2013
Parlor Shade
paper under Victorian glass dome
21 x 13 x 9
2013
Parlor Shade (detail)
paper under Victorian glass dome
2013
Gray no. 1
paper
18 x 18 x 11
2013
Grey no. 2
paper
18 x 18 x 11
2013
Lauren Fensterstock BLack mirror
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 144 in
2011
Lauren Fensterstock BLack mirror
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 144 in
2011
Puddle (detail)
paper, plexi
2011
In situ at Walker Contemporary, Boston
paper and charcoal under glass
50" x 36"
2010
Lauren Fensterstock quilling An Arrangement of Hydrangeas
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 36 in.
2010
lauren Fensterstock quilling An Arrangement of Hydrangeas
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 36 in.
2010
lauren Fensterstock quilling
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 36 in
2010
lauren Fensterstock quilling
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 36 in.
2010
Lauren fensterstock third nature
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 36 in.
2010
Lauren Fensterstock quilling Third Nature
paper
8 x 15 x 20 in
2008
Lauren Fensterstock quilling Third Nature
paper and charcoal under glass
10 x 10 in
2007
Lauren Fensterstock quilling Third Nature
paper and charcoal under glass
10 x 10 in
2007
Lauren Fensterstock quilling Third Nature
paper and charcoal under glass
10 x 10 in
2007
LAuren Fensterstock drawing Third Nature
paper and charcoal under glass
10 x 10 in
2007
Lauren Fensterstock quilling Third Nature
paper and charcoal under glass
60 x 18 in
2007