Project Description

Artist Profile

Lauren K.
Dougherty

Born 1993, Palms Springs, CA

Artist Profile

Lauren K.
Dougherty

Born 1993, Palms Springs, CA

I became infatuated with the visual field when my parents gave me a disposable camera. I was two. I started painting when I was eight.

A chance weekend with a family friend afforded me a lifetime of knowledge about mediums and texture; she taught me how to use toothbrushes as paintbrushes and how to defy expectations. Painting became an interrogation of chemistry and potions; finding the ineffably surprising moment that lies on the other side of craft, process, and exploration. 

I took my first college-level art class at Berkeley City College, studying under activist and muralist Juana Alicia. At that point, I had lost all sense of myself as an artist. Juana Alicia ignited something I was convinced I’d lost. 

So I began to work in art galleries, museums, enrolled in Mills College, and began experimenting in studio arts.  I studied under Chris Sollars and began to explore the extensive possibilities within what makes a surface.  

I realized that there are about four famous female artists that work with epoxy resin, as it is the most toxic substance known to man—it will make you infertile, or get cancer, or both. I had already come to terms with my own mortality, so I said fuck it, and fell in love with resin. I became a sculptor and performance artist, heavily influenced by Anselm Kiefer, Barbara Kruger, and Marina Abramović. 

So, art is not something I do for fun, or for scholarships, or because I think I am good at it. It fills the void in my soul. It keeps me present and satiates my deepest needs; I can’t have it any other way. 

6.1.19

First Resin Canvas

7.1.19

Thank Me For Smoking

8.1.19

Me Seeing Through You Seeing Through Me

9.1.19

Ride the Wave & Enjoy the Whirlpool

10.1.19

Alone, together.

Lauren’s Art

Alone, Together - Lauren K. Dougherty .- Rough Cut Press
Alone, together.
Be Wary Lauren K. Dougherty Rough Cut Press
This is one of my favorite paintings I’ve ever created, inspired by the way light refracts onto corals in the ocean. I used acrylic mediums, melted wax, and oils on a wooden slab I found outside the Mills College Art Studio. It’s called “Ride the Wave & Enjoy the Whirlpool.”
you ask me why i am fire

I used glue in this guy, with acrylics, oils & melted wax, done on a rogue plexiglass window I found by the side of the road in Richmond.

At this point in my practice, I was fixated on the value of the surface.

A canvas, like people, can only do so much for us when we can’t peer through it to find the dimensions of depth.

I call it “Me Seeing Through You Seeing Through Me.”

Thank Me For Smoking - Lauren K. Dougherty - Rough Cut Press

This is loaded up with my cigarette & joint butts as well as some of my hair—it’s called “Thank Me For Smoking.”

When You Leave - Euna Bonovich - Lauren Dougherty - Rough Cut Press

First Resin Canvas

Lauren’s Art

Be Wary Lauren K. Dougherty Rough Cut Press
This is one of my favorite paintings I’ve ever created, inspired by the way light refracts onto corals in the ocean. I used acrylic mediums, melted wax, and oils on a wooden slab I found outside the Mills College Art Studio. It’s called “Ride the Wave & Enjoy the Whirlpool.”
you ask me why i am fire

I used glue in this guy, with acrylics, oils & melted wax, done on a rogue plexiglass window I found by the side of the road in Richmond.

At this point in my practice, I was fixated on the value of the surface.

A canvas, like people, can only do so much for us when we can’t peer through it to find the dimensions of depth.

I call it “Me Seeing Through You Seeing Through Me.”

Thank Me For Smoking - Lauren K. Dougherty - Rough Cut Press

This is loaded up with my cigarette & joint butts as well as some of my hair—it’s called “Thank Me For Smoking.”

When You Leave - Euna Bonovich - Lauren Dougherty - Rough Cut Press

First Resin Canvas

Subscribe to receive a new issue of Rough Cut Press on the first day of each month.

We will process the personal data you have supplied in accordance with our privacy policy.