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ABOUT

Image of Lauren looking over her left shoulder with hand-on hip. She is standing under a canopy of trees with sunlight peeking through.

Lauren Nicole (LN) is a neurodivergent, Indigenous, Southern California-based artist, focusing on painting and beadwork. Combining elements of her Indigenous heritage (Tongva, Chumash), beadwork and Native plant relatives are commonly incorporated into her work, which has been shown across the United States and Canada. 

 

Most recently, Lauren was named the 2024 Artist-In-Residence at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center and awarded the California Creative Corps 23-24 Artist Grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the California Arts Council.

Her expressively vibrant and exaggerated portrait style, with its play on perspective, immerses viewers into the sensations of having sensory-processing differences. Drawing strength from her neurodiverse traits, like synesthesia, Lauren’s palette contains a hidden language of traits behind each work. Her work is also a commentary on the silencing of emotions, what is considered appropriate, and the onslaught of infantilization and predatory sexualization when one is perceived as weak or having less inherent value by societal standards.

Detail of top lip on "Ick!" Part of the That Face Collection

RECENT WORK

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ART THAT'S SMALL
AT CITY HALL

Ick! one of the That Face paintings, was exhibited in Laguna Beach's City Hall as part of the Laguna Beach Arts Commission's annual open call, Art That's Small at City Hall.

March - April 2024

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2024 AIR
@ The Muck

2024 Artist-In-Residence at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center.

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OPEN CALL: APOPHENIA

The Offering |LN17| on view at the Open Call; Apophenia at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

December '23 - March '24

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CALIFORNIA
CREATIVE CORPS
ARTIST GRANTEE

One of thirty-five artist recipients chosen for the California Creative Corps Grant through the Arts Council for Long Beach and the California Arts Council. Lauren is currently working on programming and events for the public during the 23-24 grant period. 

July '23 - June '24

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ART THAT'S SMALL
AT CITY HALL

Mhm., one of the That Face paintings, was exhibited in Laguna Beach's City Hall as part of the Laguna Beach Arts Commission's annual open call Art That's Small at City Hall.

March - April 2023

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FEMININE PERSPECTIVE

Select LongNeck portraits and The Mouths series on exhibit in the Feminine Perspective Art Show at the Norman P, Murray Center.

November - December 2022

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DUO EXHIBITION

November - December 2022

Duo Exhibition with Jenni Nonaca at the Potocki Center for the Arts. Features the Paa'or | Burn collection and selected LongNeck portraits.

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COMMUNITY
ART BOX

September 2022

Created the design on a community Art Box sponsored by The Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts and the Rotary Club of Orange County Digital, housed at The Potocki Center for the Arts. Community members can share, take, or leave art supplies in the Art Box.

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MYSTERIES OF LOVE
THE FRIDA CINEMA

Unaware shown in the Mysteries of Love: A David Lynch Tribute Art Show at the Frida Cinema.

July 2022

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LAND AS KIN
MUCKENTHALER CULTURAL CENTER

Pokuu | One and Messenger shown at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center as part of the Land as Kin art exhibition.

October - December 2021

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THE DIGITAL MURAL
PROJECT

March 2021

Elders shown in The Digital Mural by Canada's Galerie Numerique.

MEZTLI PROJECTS SUMMER ART FELLOWSHIP

Accepted into Meztli Projects' Summer Art Fellowship focusing on Indigenous culture and history, as well as expressing opinions surrounding current social issues affecting the Native community.

July - August 2020

For more information about her experience, please contact Lauren Nicole directly.

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