Yale University's Beinecke Special Collections Library has just acquired an additional 60 photographs for their collection. The acquisition included photographs from Second Nature, Growth, It Isn't Black-and-White, Remnants and a single large photograph captured in a clearcut in the Pacific Northwest. These prints bring their total holdings of my work to 160+ photographs.
The Do Good Fund has also acquired an additional 5 large photographs from What's Lost is Found. The collection now has 18 photographs from multiple projects in the collection.
I'm thrilled to share my latest body of work. Influenced by tribal masks, the figure and face-painting, these 18 forms (10 wall-mounted, 6 free-standing), scaled to the body of the viewer, are studies of transition or the state of becoming. First sculpted in wire and plaster, then layered in spackle, each piece was then painted with house paint, oil pastels, makeup, glitter, iridescent acrylics and finished with a polycrylic glaze. The reflective qualities of these materials recruit the surrounding light as a medium. The paint is not applied with a brush, but shaped with my hands. The viewer is left to decide whether the works are painted sculptures or three dimensional paintings.
What’s Lost is Found, has just been awarded Duke University’s 2017 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Documentarians of the American South. The award is an acquisition prize; Duke is acquiring 40 photographs from the project. This body of work was commissioned by The Do Good Fund, a Georgia non-profit whose mission is to acquire and exhibit contemporary photography made in the American South. I was Do Good's inaugural Artist-in-Residence in Greensboro, AL in May 2015. This portfolio will be accessible this Fall at Duke's Rubenstein Library.
Telfair Museum of Art
"Lauren Henkin’s works question how nature is presented and perceived through photography and technology. This 8-part photograph is part of Henkin’s eScapes series, wherein she downloaded copyright-free images from Wikipedia—in this case a NASA photo of the Andromeda Galaxy—and then re-photographed the images on her computer monitor in great detail with a large format camera." — Rachel Reese