Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauryn Lawrence.
Lauryn, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The story begins probably at around age 12 or 13, my mom used to take me to museums and small contemporary galleries a lot around Miami, FL. I guess you can say it birthed my admiration for art and the energy that is captivated in art spaces. It was dope because it was quality time getting to know my mom and her inner deep interests while also surrounded by these artworks that made me tingle from my head to my toes. As far as creating myself, my first medium began with photography. Got my first camera at 13, I still have it to this day which is crazy because it’s some old digital Canon PowerShot can’t even much remember what type. Might have to pull it out one of these days. Even from young, I was obsessed with the idea of capturing a moment or a feeling in just a split second that can evoke so many emotions over time. My mom always used to bring a disposable camera with her when my brother and I were kids and even when she and my father met in college. It inspired me to pick up this medium and just completely take off with it. I started just taking pictures during family outings and nature.
As I got to high school, I entered into that doodling to pass the time phase, finding myself drawing everywhere and everything. At the time, it took me out of reality, allowed my mind to wander to all the possible places that took up space in my head then. At this time, I’m still visiting new exhibitions as frequently as can, starting to glorify the idea of owning my art space one day (even though it felt like such a stretch from a real-life goal then). During high school is when I got super intrigued with drawing and the different tones produced by different pencils. Still to this day, drawing will forever have that part of my heart, the immediacy of sketching with pencil or pen on paper is unbeatable it’s almost like taking a picture. As I begin my years at FIU, I began taking up painting driven by the desire to completely bring my drawings to life. Painting taught me a lot of patience. It allowed me to completely leave this realm of finite life we find ourselves trapped in, taught me mindfulness, and opened my mind up to even more mediums. I am currently working on more assemblage works, ripping and tearing up my materials or works to then unite them in a different narrative has been my kink lately. Been working on new ways to incorporate all the mediums that I have been practicing lately and so far it’s been a challenge, but euphoric nonetheless.
I am blessed to say I am engulfing myself more and more in the visual arts community of South Florida, since picking up film photography I have found myself at more local creative events capturing the essence of the creatives that make up South Florida.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When is life ever a smooth road honestly? If it ever is, I am concerned. But yeah, of course, there have been obstacles in terms of working two jobs, going to school, working on personal projects, and trying to build experience and knowledge on being a curator and on how I can work to be the bridge between emerging artists and collectors. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade this grind for a second, it’s building me to be more responsible, optimistic, persistent, and a little knowledge about financial literacy. I think the only challenges that hurt the most and make me feel stagnant still to this day would be when I enter my creative blocks especially during these times, during the holidays, where the ideas are there but my mind becomes so cluttered with other things that the ideas don’t unite to connect and just simply flow out of me. It makes me feel that I am stuck in space while time just keeps moving without me and yet, I can’t release. Every day, I’m learning to come to terms with these blocks and other obstacles life will throw my way by setting time aside to intensely tap into my mental and spiritual health; and also just by realizing over again that life is a balance, there’s no progress without overcoming the obstacles right?
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
Whenever I’m asked that question what do I do, my mind jumps like wow, what am I doing? Is it something I can categorize? But I can say I am known for being an artist and an individual that holds no bar between herself and her creativity. “EyeVisualis” is the name of the brand I’m building for myself as an overall creator, whether it be my paintings, drawings, photography, assemblage works, etc. I came up with the name in a dream I had while visiting a close friend of mine with my best friend in the Netherlands. As I began working at my first gallery, I position in South Beach, it is pushing me more dive into curatorial work which is a goal I never lost sight of. I am now planning my first curated exhibition while diving into new mediums in terms of my work.
I think what I’m most proud of is my tenacity and the fact that I unapologetically create for myself, I don’t create for an audience as selfish as it may sound. I can’t/will never conform to what’s being commercialized around me, I completely engulf myself into my art, I unapologetically expose parts of myself. In turn, I’ve learned that my work can evoke others to feel as though I am depicting a narrative that nobody wants to give. I’m turning my dreams and visions into reality, and I’m working to be this individual that can work to get creatives in and out of my community to feel as though this can be a career path and that creating art is not just a hobby, but it’s our way of life, as cheesy as that sounds.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t know if I believe in luck, honestly, as I said, life is a balance, there are highs and there are lows. But they go hand in hand to build character. I would say the only role luck played in my life would be being lucky enough to have a family and friends that wholeheartedly support me and my endeavors. Other than that, I wouldn’t say luck played much of a role in how I got to where I am at today, it’s all been a process that I’m still in. Every obstacle or achievement is stepping stones in where I am trying to go in terms of my life and business.
- Email: LLawr019@fiu.edu
- Instagram: @evevisualis
@fotosofmolo for the images of me painting in the park in my overalls.