Lauren Shapiro is a visual artist living and working in Miami, Florida. She earned an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Miami. She utilizes a multi-step casting process in clay resulting in modular sculptures and installations that reference systems and visual orders found in nature. Her work draws inspiration from environmental research and data, ceramics and social practice.
As a Miami-based artist, Shapiro is aware of the growing climate pressures on tropical populations. Her work seeks to foster awareness and develop solutions for our changing landscape. Part of her practice involves community-based activations where participants hand-mold clay structures that are assembled into site-specific arrangements. After completion, each installation is deconstructed and recycled to build subsequent projects. Through the medium and its impermanence, the final outcome mimics the cycle of growth and decay that occurs in nature, calling participants to cultivate environmental stewardship and mindfulness.
Shapiro has completed residencies at Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen, China, Labverde in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil, and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO. She has exhibited during Art Basel Miami at Scope Art Fair and the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) and she has showcased her work internationally during Art Basel Switzerland at Projektraum M54. In 2019, she was awarded the Wavemaker Grant through Locust Projects, funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation, and a Knight Arts Challenge grant for a project that will culminate in an exhibition at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in 2021. Shapiro is an artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, where she serves as the Head of the Ceramics Studio.
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