Hailing from New York, visual artist Lauren Drescher has exhibited in prestigious spaces around the world but, despite making New Zealand her home since 1995, has never mounted a solo show here.She explains “Recent travel restrictions have meant that I finally have the chance to show in the place I call home”. The exhibition will include recent prints, constructions and sculpture.
As a collector of ephemera, her work starts with found materials such as antique paper, children’s notebooks and letters. The imagery is inspired by natural history, folktales and an evolving bestiary. “My work frequently relates to our overlooked connection with nature.”
Drescher studied art at Cooper Union in NYC and printmaking at Central St Martin’s in London. Her work is in private collections in NZ and abroad.
When she received the Print Council of Aotearoa Award of Merit in 2020, Peter Dornouff wrote in Eyecontact magazine "..the work possessed both charm and a surrealist edge in a structure that gave energy and verve to the narrative..."
The opening for Menagerie will be held on Tuesday, March 16th from 5:30 - 8 pm at Allpress Gallery, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay. The exhibition will run until the 9th of April. Gallery hours are 8am - 2pm, Monday - Friday.