Lauren Gohara’s drawings are based on found graphics and found objects. Graphs from online and print media—on income inequality, wealth inequality, rapid increases in spending on healthcare—are as precisely rendered as the leaves and feathers she picks up from sidewalks. Redrawn Buddhist symbols, particle physics tracks, and early abstract paintings mingle with newspaper clippings reporting deaths from political violence. The drawings are deceptively lyrical and brightly colored, evenly handling the beautiful and the terrible, which at times clashes with the content. The drawings imply equivalence, while simultaneously questioning that premise.
Most of the drawn elements are confined to a horizontal band of space in the middle of each drawing. The exceptions—particle physics tracks and Buddhist symbols—are signs of things that transcend the everyday, the biological, the political. In the bottom-most layer of each drawing, they are the root, lying behind everything else.
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