About the Artist

Lauryn Ahearn was born in 1983 in North Carolina, but has spent most of her life growing up in New Jersey, where she currently resides. She graduated with a B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2005. As an emerging artist she has exhibited in galleries in New York City and New Jersey, gaining momentum and name recognition amongst local art communities. Her artistic contributions boast abstract styles ranging from the voluminous and color strewn to the minimalistic yet layered. The multiplicity of her approaches to abstract art originates from her personal desire to bridge the gap between painter and poet. As a result, every streak of her paintings deviates in color, texture, or direction from one another like the words and connotations of a poem. Ahearn canvas is a mirror into the contours of her very soul and she believes that her purpose as a creator is to ruthlessly abscond anything outside of that contributes to her vision. When her viewers recognize this purpose and this vision within her work, she is at her happiest. Personal qualities of her life such as motherhood, work, and familial responsibilities, though mundane, provide untold inspiration for her work as the challenge of balancing those complicated sides of everyday life drives Ahearn to encapsulate such themes within her work.  Ahearn creates art as an extension of herself in an attempt to obliterate anything outside of the creative moment and connect with others through shared recognition in her work. Her suburban daytime identity inspires underlying themes in her art that examine the challenges of balancing a creative lifestyle with motherhood, work, and familial responsibilities.

Artist Statement

Like E.E. Cummings, I live “where a painter is a poet.” The strokes are words, the marks my punctuation, the surface my binding. I am never more myself than when I am painting or drawing. In the space of my creative process, I am able to simply exist. My art is not a projection of self, but it IS self, as art cannot exist in any other state. Someone outside the self can watch from the perimeter or they can be enveloped in another, as with any love. Let’s simply exist together.

Artist Website: https://www.laurynahearn.com