Lauren Denitzio (1983) is a New York based artist and writer. Their interdisciplinary work encompasses drawing, painting, and mixed media as well as site-specific text works and collaborative projects. Their practice addresses the representation and re-imagining of private spaces as they are constructed and oriented to reflect one's embodied identity.
Recent exhibitions in New York include Recession Art Culturefix, Storefront, Rush Arts Gallery, and Wayfarers, as well as a recent solo show at Gallery 5 in Richmond, Virginia. Their writing and visual work has appeared in Sick Zine, International Girl Gang Underground, Hoax and RE/VISIONIST. Interviews on various aspects of their practice have been featured in AMP Magazine, Bitch Magazine, MSNBC.com, Alternative Press and FRHC: Creative Fuel. Upcoming residencies include SÍM (Reykjavik), Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin), and the Vermont Studio Center. Denitzio received their BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006.
My practice encompasses the re-imagination of private homes as they are constructed and oriented to reflect one's embodied identity. Through drawing, painting, text works and sculptural objects, I produce an aesthetic and conceptual vocabulary for the visualization of life outside of heteronormative, patriarchal and capitalist frameworks. I depict spaces that emphasize these modes of living through skewed perspectives, layers of semi-transparency, and the presence of specific patterns, textures, and objects. I repeat these formal elements in order to chart the connections between the figures and examine queer notions of chosen family. My work acts as a manifestation of the disorientation surrounding utopian longings of queer and feminist communities.
I often work on both unfinished and stained wood or toned paper using graphite, oil and acrylic paint as well as semi-transparent collage materials. I focus primarily on androgynous figures, most of whom are female-bodied, and the ways that gender presentation along with personal politics can play a role in one's orientation towards space. I consider these stances to be a reflection of one's social and political approach to the world at large. Through the depiction of multiple perspectives and destabilized spaces, I address the overlap of physical and psychic orientations. I approach my studio practice, critical writing, and collaborative projects as an interdisciplinary working method.