Lauren Shapiro is a visual artist living and working in Miami, Florida. She earned an MFA from the University of Miami. She utilizes a multi-step casting process in clay resulting in modular sculptures and installations that reference systems and visual orders found in nature. Her work draws inspiration from environmental research and data, ceramics and social practice.
As a Miami-based artist, Shapiro is aware of the growing climate pressures on tropical populations. Her work lends a voice to fostering awareness and solutions for our changing landscape. Part of her practice involves community-based activations where participants hand-mold clay structures that are assembled into site-specific arrangements. After completion, each installation is deconstructed and recycled to build subsequent projects. Through the medium and its impermanence, the final outcome mimics the cycle of growth and decay that occurs in nature, calling participants to cultivate environmental stewardship and mindfulness.