Lauren Scavo’s small-scale charcoal drawings examine the connection that exists between human consciousness and its surrounding environment, specifically the way in which our sensory experience of a place influences our subjective interpretation of it. Her work depicts scenes of heightened atmosphere that are indicative of a sense of reflection and quiet attention to the elements of the world that are both physical and nonphysical, as the external world reflects the internal life of the viewer. Through the contrast between her expressive mark-making and her straightforward depiction of the environment, she places emphasis on the tension between subjectivity and objectivity in our interaction with and interpretation of the external world.
Lauren is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Drawing/Painting and English at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. She was born and raised in the greater Pittsburgh area, and the local landscapes of Western Pennsylvania serve as inspiration for her work.