Artist’s Statement: Ecology serves as the conceptual framework of my investigation and maps provide the visual language for my expression. I make prints, drawings, and sculptures that use watersheds as symbols of interconnectedness. My recent drawings are made using pigments derived from rocks collected along lakes and streams; they are geographical blueprints layered with artifacts of a human connection to place. Lacking the markers by which we usually locate and navigate, these maps offer an opportunity to re-orient, to identify with and within the patterns of nature. By reframing boundaries and exposing vital bioregional relationships, these works highlight our inherent interdependence.
Lauren Rosenthal McManus’s watershed maps reframe the boundaries that define community. Informed by the research-driven activism of eco-art pioneers Helen and Newton Harrison and the material essentialism of Wolfgang Laib, her river-centric maps emphasize the innate beauty and universal importance of freshwater systems. McManus’s work is on permanent display in several institutional collections, including the Nurture Nature Center and the Charlotte Museum of History. She holds a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she was an urban livability fellow.
Selected Exhibitions –
2017: (in)animate, ArtYard, Frenchtown, NJ
Underlying Factors: Artists Inspired by Geology, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
2016: Vanishing Beauty, Courthouse Galleries of the Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, VA
2015: KEEPING WATCH: City of Creeks, Projective Eye Gallery, University of NC, Charlotte, NC
2012: Possible Realities, Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton PA