New Commission at Lambert St. Louis International Airport

Untitled (Missouri Coverlet Abstraction 1850s to 2010)

This design is based on the pattern of a woven coverlet that belonged to Betsey Cory Terhune
of Nodaway County, Missouri in the 1850s and is now in the collection of the Saint Louis Art
Museum.  The coverlet’s rows of tightly packed, flower‐filled rectangles create a grid‐like
pattern that was typical of coverlets and carpets from this time.  The coverlet was passed down
through the Terhune family and donated to the museum in 2003. I have focused on one small
area of the coverlet and painted an abstracted and aggrandized interpretation of the woven
textures and colors. The final glass piece was manufactured by Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany.
The screens are the first commissioned works through the airport’s new Public Art and Culture Program.

Permanently on view in Concourse A, Gate 4.


Solo Exhibition in Seattle, WA

‘Bear the Sway,’ a solo exhibition of new works on paper from The Lost Colony Project at South Seattle Community College  in Seattle, Washington. January 11 – February 17, 2012 Bear the Sway, a new body of work by Lauren Adams, relates to the artist’s recent investigations into the ‘Lost Colony’ and Elizabethan colonialism.  This series of works on paper is inspired by the watercolors of John White from the 1580’s, which feature native Algonquins and Secotans (located then in present-day North Carolina) performing rituals, planting crops, preparing food, and displaying their clothing, and also the formal portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and the explorers and voyagers (Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, etc.) who formed her colonial advisorship. Bear the Sway is an exploratory series of paintings and drawings on paper and panel that lift, excise, and appropriate the found figures and clothing forms from the historical documents. The result is another facet of The Lost Colony Project, which visually collages the abstracted elements, creating charged absurdities that reflect the legacy of historical inequity in a contemporary visual language. The basic tenet of this project is to resolve an understanding of the historical situations at work, and to interrogate the narratives and images, searching for a clearer display of the colonial power dynamics. Bear the Sway is also about the history of imagery as a site for political displays of power, which the artist utilizes as a directive when making her own imagery and objects. Seeking to transform the ‘given history’ into a new narrative, one that hopefully provides further agency to the appropriated narratives. In the The Lost Colony Project, the artist is exploring the relationship between costume, class, and social power.]]>