Lauren Jacob spent her time as a student in Redlands, California, exploring the nuances of visual arts and humanities, two interests she developed coming of age in Seattle, Washington. She quickly found her place in the University of Redlands' Art Department, concluding her time with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art, specifically a double concentration in graphic design and photography.
The work she created at the University commonly perpetuated the visual discussion of femininity, climate change, and the other political and social topics shaping the world of this ever-growing artist and young woman. Her artistic style is best described as mildly abstract and experimental, functioning as a means to stretch the boundaries of her creativity and technical capabilities.
To close out her final semester at the University of Redlands, she set out to create projects that were both true to and transcendent of her previous artworks. This motivation cultivated an expressive body of work consisting of designs, photographs, and illustrations. She leaves Redlands grateful for the mentorship of her professors and excited for her next adventure.
Intrinsic to the practice of graphic design and photography is two-dimensionality. Almost in protest of such a standard, I feel naturally compelled to construct my own parameters of dimension within my art. This attitude commonly leads me to create a perceivable foreground and background, often made possible by my strategic use of silhouettes, lines, and colors. Beyond their depth potential, my infatuation with these three visual elements also stems from my belief that their simplicity and rawness force our eyes to discover their expressiveness. They lack the context typically provided through blended hues, tones, shadows, and highlights, making them the perfect resources for my intentions of moderate abstraction.
This summation of my visual style combined with my passion for both fine art and applied art characterize my capstone, a mix of photo series and print work. Each project visually represents several different conversations, but ultimately, most important to me was that I make compelling art that raises questions instead of answering them. Providing my audience with just enough to follow me but never know absolutely everything.