Lauren Jahnke: Mother Nature
Lauren R. Jahnke
approx. 9" x 6"
INSPIRATION: I was ready to make another mixed media collage and saw the title of this show and immediately thought of shoes and nature. After playing around with shoe designs for a wall piece, I had a flash of inspiration and thought why not use a real shoe? Collaging on curved surfaces presented unanticipated difficulties, but I am very pleased at the unique final result. I always try to add unexpected details into my art, so my favorite parts are the inside scenes, the pattern on the bottom sole (which references my Succulent Series pieces), and the root ball of the tree (a wooden knob I screwed into the heel). I think Mother Nature would be glad to wear this shoe that is both feminine and powerful.
Get to Know the Austin Artist: Lauren Rivera Jahnke has been selling artwork and making original creations and gifts for several decades. Her main artistic interests are mixed media paintings and collages, and creating original functional art pieces like clocks and mosaics. She is inspired by modern and architectural shapes, bold colors, found objects, and music, with some whimsy and retro sensibilities thrown in. She likes to combine high creativity with mixed media and multiple methods, creating things unlike ever seen before, while allowing the final product to still be recognizable and accessible.