Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Above ; Like Father Like Son; Women's Work; Letters from our mothers III; collages on paper, 2017-18
Lauren McLaughlin studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art graduating with BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2012. She mainly works in collage, photography and text installation, her work explores our gendered identities, particularly in relation to parenting roles. Through a process of examining our cultural history as well as current attitudes, her work aims to uncover and question how these roles were first formed. Laurens current work has been focused on the economics of parenting and the link between poverty and single motherhood. Using her own personal experience as grounds for investigation, Lauren aims to shed light on the complex issues and challenges faced by low income mothers and the attitudes and double standards placed upon them.
Lauren has exhibited her work throughout the UK and Europe at venues including the Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, The Royal Scottish Academy, Art16, Lights of Soho London, SWG3 Glasgow and The Tent Gallery Edinburgh. In 2014 she was the Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College and between 2016 - 2018 Lauren participated in An Artist Residency in Motherhood. Her collages are held in private collections throughout the UK and USA, and her neon piece ‘A Conflict of Interests’ is now part of The BirthRites Collection housed within the department of midwifery, Guy's Campus Kings College London after winning the Bi-annual Award in 2018. Lauren is also the founder and director of Spilt Milk.
Above: Social Housing (2014) photograph on aluminium, Hidden Mother (2014) photograph on aluminium; IT SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS HARD (2017) fabric and sequins banner.