Lauren Shapiro is a visual artist living and working in Miami, Florida, United States. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Miami and utilizes a multi-step casting process in clay resulting in modular sculptures and installations which reference systems and visual orders found in nature. Her work draws inspiration from environmental research and data, ceramics and social practice.
Lauren has been a resident artist at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, China, where she observed and learned about post-production processes of industrial mold making and porcelain slip casting. She has exhibited during Art Basel Miami at Scope Art fair, the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) and she has showcased her work internationally during Art Basel Switzerland at Projektraum M54 and a solo exhibition debuted in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed a residency in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil, collecting textures for her ecologically driven sculptures and installations. In 2019 she was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge grant for a project which will culminate in 2020 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. She is the current Artist in Residence for a National Science Foundation grant awarded to coral reef researchers at California State University. Lauren is a current artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami in addition to serving as Head of the Ceramics Studio. @loshap