Lauren Baker is a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally. Her work explores the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions. She’s created installations at Tate Britain and The V&A, ran an art workshops at Tate Modern and directed the windows of Selfridges. Passionate about animals and conservation, Lauren is an ambassador for Save Wild Tigers. Her artwork has raised over £50k for charity.
Her solo show, Transition, launches at The Ivy on 31 July 2015. Her work has been exhibited at international art fairs such as AAF NYC, Moniker Art Fair and 20/21.
Renowned for her work using reflective material – including the world’s first infinity mirror coffin at Tate Britain, a 7-ft mirrored geometric ‘Portal to another dimension’ commissioned by Clerkenwell Design Week, and 100 mirror eyes attached to 50ft trees in the forest at Unknown Festival, Croatia.
The creations include painted and embellished human resin skulls, animal skulls and sculpted animal heads. Recent works involving neon, infinity mirror and moving sculpture explore light, space and energy.
Lauren’s work is inspired by her time spent in the Peruvian Amazon, the power of nature and primordial energy sources. Just three and a half years ago her art career started with a life-changing trip to South America. Lauren joined a mosaic street-art project in Brazil and spent time in the Peruvian Amazon jungle surrounded by dense vegetation and wildlife. She then researched the best place to study mosaic in the world and developed her skills in Venice (Orsoni, 2011).
Following the success of her workshop and skull art installation at Tate Modern (Jul 12), Baker was invited by Tate Britain to host a large-scale interactive installation, in which she turned part of Tate Britain into a forest (14). Baker’s most intricate work, which sold for £420,000 to an influential sheikh in Qatar, is a Steinway grand piano encrusted with half a million crystals (Feb 15). Another notable work is The Crystal Tigress; a sculpted life-size tiger head encrusted with 52,000 crystals, toured Asia, was endorsed by Jimmy Choo and Jaime Winstone which fetched £30,000 at the tiger conservation charity auction. With just 3,000 tigers left, wild tigers could be extinct within 10 years. As an Ambassador for Save Wild Tigers, Lauren spoke at the gala dinner in Malaysia to an audience of 650 people, including the Sultana of Malaysia (Oct 14).
Lauren curated THRIVE, an exhibition of 20 contemporary artists, exhibited at the Sanderson, London and auctioned in aid of Save Wild Tigers at the Mango Tree tiger dinner, London (May 14). The events raised £62K. All funds go to the Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency. Lauren continues to support the charity with exciting plans for 2015 and 2016.