Lauren Eckert’s practice brings relics and pixels into conflict. The allure of escaping to a futuristic past of digitized flails, 8-bit stained glass windows, and woven digital tapestries is understandable. There is safety in the atemporal. In Eckert’s work, there are nods to spirituality, religion, history, and folklore – but there is no allegiance to any of it. These objects live outside of the cannon, spliced between realities and times and place and personhood. The wearer is just as surreal as your level 8 wizard, and just as impactful as the hours you spent playing the game.
Lauren Eckert is a multimedia object maker, illustrator, and art conservator from New Jersey. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Museum Arnhem, Amsterdam, NL; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN; Form & Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; New York City Jewelry Week; and Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ. In 2018, she curated the show “The Virtual Hand” for Temple University.
She has received awards including a Shapeways Education Grant, and a Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference Student Scholarship in 2019. Her work has been included in the 2018 SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey, Current Obsession’s series “SO MINT!” and Hyperallergic.
Eckert attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia where she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM in 2019. She is currently studying part-time at the Rowan College of South Jersey and Temple University.
She was recently a Studio Assistant at Peters Valley School of Craft and an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She is an upcoming artist in residence at the Hunterdon Museum of Art as part of the From the Ground Up: Peter’s Valley School of Craft exhibition.
Eckert is based in Philadelphia, PA.
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