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Lauren Gallaspy, 2015–2016 Matsutani Fellow

Lauren GallaspyLauren Gallaspy makes sculptures, vessels and drawings about the sometimes violent, sometimes pleasurable, and almost always complex consequences that occur when bodies and objects come into contact with one another. The stories found in her work center around the themes of desire, fear and love and Lauren envisions her work existing somewhere between the mythic and the mundane. While at the Bray, she wants to make work that is more generous, more sincere, more open and more ambitious.

The daughter of a spy and a miniature-horse breeder, Lauren Gallaspy grew up in a log cabin in Tennessee with no running water or electricity. After completing her BFA in ceramics at the University of Georgia, Athens, in 2005, she earned her MFA from the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2007. Lauren was a summer resident at the Bray in 2014 and 2015 before becoming the 2015–2016 Matsutani Fellow this fall.

“My work is about that imbalance: the vulnerability of living things and the sometimes violent, sometimes pleasurable, almost always complex consequences that occur when bodies and objects in the world come into contact with one another.”—Gallaspy

To see more work by Lauren visit her website at laurengallaspy.com.

Lauren Gallaspy
one need not be a house to be haunted, 2013
porcelain, glaze, underglaze,
gouache, varnish
8" x 11.5" x 6"

Lauren Gallaspy
thin-skinned, 2015
porcelain, glaze, china paint
25" x 10" x 8"


Lauren Gallaspy
rabbit proof, 2014
porcelain, glaze, china paint
13" x 7" x 5"


Lauren Gallaspy
rabbit proof (detail), 2014
porcelain, glaze, china paint
13" x 7" x 5"


Lauren Gallaspy
let less, 2014
porcelain, glaze, china paint
22" x 9" x 8"

Lauren Gallaspy
giving up the ghost, 2014
porcelain, glaze, china paint
16" x 9" x 7"