Lauren Tickle is a New York-based artist who works in a variety of mediums to prompt reflection on social constructs. Currently her Increasing Value process takes currency of defined value, distills it to graphic elements, then resynthesizes an object of much greater value.

Lauren has a BFA from the Pratt Institute and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since graduating her work has been exhibited and published in the US and abroad to much acclaim. Tickle’s work can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally, as well as in the permanent collections of the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, Netherlands and the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey.

Artist Statement

My work is an experiment in the concepts of value and adornment. The Values Exploration process takes currency of defined value, distills it to graphic elements, then resynthesizes an object of much greater value. How and why are these notes distanced from their face value? Idea, concept, process, and labor create value. Is this new, finished form a microcosm of industrial production? or a parody?

I force wearers and observers to reflect on the concept of adornment in our society. One of the most conscious actions humans undertake is the decision of what to wear or not. My work takes underlying materialism and makes it explicit, imploring evaluation from all sides in each social context.