LAUREN HOUSEGO

ABOUT

Lauren Housego is a multi-disciplinary artist with a specific interest in experimental stop-motion animation. Her work investigates the representation of psychological states through animation and seeks to provoke psychological reactions in thespectator.

Her work is predominantly inspired by absurdism, particularly within literature, which questions the roles we play in society in relation to the human experience of existence in an ultimately meaningless and irrational universe. Specific authors and writings relevant to her work include The Myth of Sisyphus and The Stranger by Albert Camus, Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Uncanny by Sigmund Freud, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, The Zoo Story by Edward Albee and Blindness by Jose Saramago.

Her animations employ characteristics typical of absurdist literature: characters caught in hopeless situations, forced to do meaningless actions as if they are automatons, comedy mixed with tragedy and the disintegration of language which symbolises failed communication between characters.

She is interested in the combination of traditional and new technologies, having experimented with printmaking and digital processes to create distinct aesthetics, and is developing interactive installations to encourage audience participation within future works.

EXHIBITIONS

Reel to Real UK Crafts Council, Picturehouse Central, London, UK (May 2018)
Imaginary Worlds, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales, UK (October 2016 - February 2017)
DandAD New Blood, London, UK (July 2016)
RHYTHM, Boscombe Factory Studios, Bournemouth, UK (June 2016)