While working as a marketing coordinator in a health-care center for over 10 years, I became intrigued with the x-rays I saw during my career, depicting various states of the human skeletal system. As an artist, I was fascinated by being able to see the inner workings & sculptural forms of the human body and I envisioned a way to incorporate them into my artwork. These x-rays, to me, truly represent the spiritual & scientific wonders of nature and the human body. This lead me to create the “X-RAYted” & "Curio-cities" series, which I began in early 2010 and continue to expand on currently.
The content consists of photographs of human &/or animal X-rays incorporated with Victorian woodcut etchings of insects, plant life and other subjects. These are juxtaposed with original photos I shot of nature images & cemetery funerary statuary from across the US & Europe. I am also working on pieces utilizing photos I took of animal bones, feathers and shells (all naturally found objects!). By doing this I can represent the underlying, universal connection between all forms of nature and how life & death are so closely intertwined; the microcosm reflects the macrocosm.
By utilizing current as well as historical imagery, the symbolism in my photographic collages adds a sense of history, time and place to the pieces. The photographs of the X-rays collaged with the other components detail our existence on earth & how it is both finite & infinite at the same time. I also enjoy the connection between the organic shapes of the bones along with those of the other natural components in the pieces. This portrays the connected-ness among human beings with other life forms on Earth. INTERESTING NOTE: "Microcosm/Macrocosm Tree" won a 1st Prize Ray Bradbury Award & several other pieces in this series were featured in my episode of the Science Channel's "ODDITIES" TV show.
PRICES: range from $50 - $350 (+s/h) depending on print size & framing. Print sizes: 8x10, 11x14, 16x20 All prints are matted & signed. Framed or unframed available.
All artwork (c)2019 Lauren Curtis
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