Lauren Dicioccio does installation, painting and my favourite of hers embroidery art which as you will see in some of these images also delves into paper art/sculpture.
her work tends to invoke a feel for nostalgia in that it reminds you of the effort put into crafts, the time taken and how society is now so fast paced. The newspapers are an amazing example of this, you can see a vague outline of the paper, and some images are complete, some are not. However the overwhelming vibe is that you are seeing only part of the picture which in essence is a realistic truth but also speaks of censorship and what we as a whole hear from our politicians and the media. How what we may see is only one side of the story such as with the soldier handing over the flag to grieving relatives. We hear about the solider, the circumstances of their death but not the long term aftermath of their loss on the family.
The dead animal conveys the juxtaposition of life and death, cute and gory with it appearing as a cute yet fluffy animal and yet the internal organs are also visible a stark contrast to the white of the fur.
The books that are embroidered make me wish I had thought of it myself! I love the silhouette style, the books again provoke nostalgia due to the rise of ebooks and their antiquated look added to the silhouette which has a victorian feel to it.
‘My work investigates the physical/tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced media-objects, most recently: the newspaper, magazines, office papers and writing pads, plastic bags, 35 mm slides. These media are becoming obsolete, replaced by the invisible efficiency of various technologies. In some cases, this transition is a good thing- faster transmission and distribution of information, streamlined systems, openness to user input, less waste. But a hole is left behind by the disappearance of these everyday objects. What will happen when we no longer touch information? When newsprint does not rub off onto our fingertips? When we no longer write longhand?’