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Lauren Frances Evans
University of Maryland, College Park
Faculty Sponsor: John Ruppert

What’s Not By What Is, What Is By What’s Not
Synthetic hair extensions, fiberglass insulation, PVC
65 x 48 x 12 in.

Artist Statement

Inverting the boundaries between what is and what is not, my work draws attention to the void of longing. The process of casting is significant: the body functions as mold and molded, container and contained, and shifts in scale further this ambiguity. Ranging from crisp and elegant magazine clippings to playful assemblages of chewing gum and hot glue drippings, my work addresses the body as a site of irresistible paradox—imitation intermingles with the all-too-real, resulting in an odd tension between visceral compulsion and grotesque desire.