Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren LeVieux.
Lauren, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story, in a way, is just beginning. My goals are clear. I have the time, the education, the vision and the art studio to work toward my dreams. My family moved to France when I was 15. That is where I discovered art, literature and language. When I returned from France at 18, I had traveled throughout Europe and had spent a summer in Iran. I was a foreigner in my own California homeland. I applied my French language ability and worked in a computer translation company part time while attending UCSD. This led to a job in Munich Germany where I studied German while advancing my computer and language skills.
After a year and a half, I returned to California to complete my B.A in French Literature, spent a year living on a sailboat in Avalon, CA and then moved to Texas for a job at Texas Instruments. I loved the idea of combining language and computers and it held my attention for some time. Later, I turned back toward writing and literature, earning a Masters at Cal State San Marcos, but soon after completing my degree, I started dreaming about painting. I really did not want to learn to paint, but the dreams were persistent and so I went to Mira Costa College and studied visual art for five years, learning the skills in order to be able to express in a visual way where language did not seem to go. And now I am working to pull together my vision and see what is to come.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My goal is to create the most authentic thought and soul-provoking art that I am capable of. Using dreams, ideas, series and layers, I experiment, test and move forward as much as possible to where my art is pulling me. It is not fun, relaxing or therapeutic. It is moving and relentless. I have researched my maternal line of ancestors back nine generations and have found that as far back as I can go, she was in New York during the American Revolution. I even located the house where she and her family lived. When my Mom and I visited this property, I felt as if I knew the place, as if I belonged there. I have traced the places where each generation lived as they made their way westward. Their stories infiltrate my art and affect the way that I perceive time and movement.
Most of my paintings are oil on canvas. I love to paint large like my How Time Moves series that includes three 6×4 ft pieces. When I painted these, I was thinking about time moving through structures like old building where generations have lived. What would it look like if I could see time as an entity moving through the structure?
The following series is entitled “Ground Control” working with the question, “What happens when instead of watching time move through structure, we try to control more than we are able?” Again, as I painted I asked myself the question, “What does that look like?”
With my smaller pieces, I will often paint a dream or a thought or a moment in time. Of course, viewers bring their own mindsets to my paintings and they will hopefully see in them something they need, something that triggers a memory, or something that will move them forward in their lives wherever they are.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
The biggest challenge for artists today may be believing that their art is worth what they put into it regardless of the value our culture places on it. It can be difficult to follow through with a vision without being distracted by those who do not understand or by those who could care less. The challenge is finding those who do understand and those who do care and then keeping them close by.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I currently have an art studio located in Barracks 16 Studio 104 in the Arts District at Liberty Station, San Diego. This is the best place to find me in my element. I am so fortunate to be able to work among the artists at Liberty Station. We often collaborate, share ideas and materials. I also have paintings at the Maretalia Restaurant in Coronado. I am currently preparing an exhibit for the San Diego Repertory Theatre in conjunction with a play called “A Doll’s House Part 2”. This solo exhibit will be opening in November 2018. The best way to support an artist is to buy a piece of original art, take it home and let it speak to you. Though artists often find other ways to make their money, there is a huge sense of accomplishment when a viewer appreciates an art piece enough to purchase it. The buyer receives a gift of art, the seller a gift of time.
- Address: Barracks 16 Studio 104 2730 Historic Decatur
Liberty Station, CA
- Website: laurenlevieux.com
- Phone: 760-815-1556
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Facebook: lauren levieux artist studio
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Jeff Fischbeck- (for the photo of me)