“Frequently employing paper, plexi glass, and charcoal, Lauren Fensterstock creates site-specific installations that render the natural world in an entirely synthetic and monochromatic way. Inspired by gardens and their varying importance from the 18th century onward, the Maine-based artist distills nature to find the place where it intersects with culture. Fensterstock’s scultpures appear bleak and sleek from afar, but reveal intricate layers upon closer inspection. One such installation appears like a feathery field of black grass, yet was composed entirely of synthetic materials, directly commenting on the association—or perhaps disassociation—between mankind and the natural world.
Recently, Fensterstock has moved away from the floral and gravitated toward cavernous pieces that imitate stalagmites and stalactites. Her most recent piece, Stalagmite, was created specifically to exhibit during Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in New York this week as part of Armory Arts Week. Prior to the fair’s opening, we spoke with Fensterstock, who also happens to teach Thesis Studio at the Rhode Island School of Design and write art criticism. She was at home in Maine. We were in New York.”