Lauren Payne (b. 1982) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Connecting to something beyond one’s self is one of the more challenging pursuits we experience. Payne’s desire to connect is steeped in creating site-specific happenings and rituals in aims of thrusting the content beyond the personal pursuit of connection into a new mythological context by creating a space for shared experiences. Her recent work focuses on establishing a physical relationship with the moon, using the cyclical nature of the lunar calendar to create a system to align the cycles of the female body. Her intent is to illuminate a new understanding of the metaphysical through photography, video, and daily performances.
Lauren Payne received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Selected Exhibitions include: Is This Thing On, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Magic > Nature False Front, Portland; White Lodge, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago; Out of the Woods, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit.