Portfolio > DRAWINGS

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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Drawing on federal budget spending, sycamore maple seeds, particle physics tracks, on paper
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2014
Drawing of top 1% share of U.S. income
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2014
Drawing of Rikers island uses of force, increase in top 1% share of income in New York City, particle physics tracks, on paper
Graphite, colored pencil, and archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2014
drawing of declining median income of 25 to 34-year-olds, maple seeds, particle physics tracks in colored pencil and graphtie on paper
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2014
drawing of Norway maple seeds, change in executive income, corporate profits, average wages, and particle physics tracks on paper
Graphite and archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2014
drawing of length of wait to remove aluminum from Goldman Sachs warehouses, dots, particle physics tracks on paper
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2014
drawing on savings rate, homeowner borrowing, cash-out refinancing, graphite dots, particle physics tacks on paper
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2014
drawing of top 1% in New York, Wheel of Life, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 6 inches
2013
drawing of top 1% income share, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, archival pigmented ink, newspaper clippings with Gudy 870 adhesive on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2013
drawing of rise in college tuition, Barnett Newman, partcle physics tracks, by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2013
drawing of labor-rights standards, Bangladesh garment exports, Barnett Newman, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-5/8 x 5-7/8 inches
2013
drawing of Mondrian reproduction, top 400 taxpayers average salary, capital gains, income, tax rate, and particle physics tracks by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-11/16 x 6 inches
2013
drawing of changes in family income by quintile, particle physics tracks, and feather by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches
2013
drawing with graph of income of the top 1% vs bottom 99%, elm leaves, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches
2013
drawing of inequality in the U.S., Mondrian, music, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-1/2 x 5-3/4 in
2013
drawing of leaf, U.S. healthcare spending, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
8-1/2 x 5-3/4 in
2013
drawing of GDP per capita, household income, manufacturing output, worker pay, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on Japanese paper
8-1/8 x 5-1/2 in
2013
drawing of income stagnation, income inequality, news clippings, political violence, particle physics tracks, and Mondrian, by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink, deacidified newsprint with Gudy870 adhesive on paper
8-1/2 x 5-3/4 in
2013
drawing of top individual income tax rate, change in GDP, news clippings, political violence, particle physics tracks, and lotus seed pod, by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink, deacidified newsprint with Gudy870 adhesive on paper
14 x 11 inches
2013
drawing of Myanmar, federal budget, budget cuts, endless knot, music, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
14 x 11 in
2013
drawing of middle class in Africa, Malevich, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
14 x 11 in
2012
drawing of life-expectancy, health care spending, employer-provided health insurance, endless knot, particle physics tracks, by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
14 x 11 in
2012
drawing of maple seeds, news clippings, Rothko, household debt, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink, deacidified newsprint, Rhoplex on paper
12 x 9 in
2012
black-and-white drawing of income of top 1% vs 99%, endless knot, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, archival pigmented ink, colored pencil on paper
14 x 11 in
2012
drawing of Clyfford Still, news clippings, median household income, employee compensation as a share of gross domestic income, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink, deacidified newsprint, Rhoplex on paper
14 x 11
2012
drawing of household debt and disposable income, newspaper clippings, particle physics tracks, and feathers by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, archival pigmented ink, deacidified newsprint on polypropylene
12 x 9 inches
2011
drawing of prescription drug spending, Barnett Newman, elm seeds, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
14 x 11
2011
drawing of Mondrian, inequality, endless knot, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
14 x 11 in
2011
drawing of change in median household income, Clyfford Still reproduction, newspaper clippings, particle physics tracks, and dots  by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink, deacidified newsprint on paper
14 x 11 inches
2012
drawing of elm seeds, food stamps, Mondrian, particle physics tracks, and dots by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
14 x 11 in
2011
drawing of Rothko, income inequality, particle physics tracks, and feathers by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, colored pencil, archival pigmented ink on paper
14 x 11
2011
drawing of 1% vs 99% change in income, pear leaf, newspaper clippings, and particle physics tracks by Lauren Gohara
Graphite, archival pigmented ink, deacidified newspaper clippings on polypropylene
12 x 9 inches
2011