At the heart of The Galeries is our deep appreciation of the arts. Over the years, we have had the privilege of working with some of Australia's most exciting artists to tell the stories of our community through visual representation.
One of our latest collaborations is with Sydney-based artist Lauren Webster. She has exhibited solo exhibitions and in group shows across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Paris and Los Angeles. As well as creating her own artworks and other products which showcase her art, Lauren also revels in creative collaboration. She has lent her recognisable aesthetic to collaborative projects with fashion labels, surf and skate brands, photographers, object designers, jewellers, interior decorators, magazines, music festivals and more.
We chatted with Lauren about the artwork she created for us, about her background and inspirations as an artist, and her advice for artists in these uncertain times. Read on!
TG: What does it mean to be an ‘Artist’ today?
LW: I’m sure that it must mean something different to every artist. For better or for worse compulsion is a word that springs to mind.
TG: Your pseudonym is ‘Lauren & The Lost Boys’. Can you tell us the origin of the name and what it means?
LW: There’s a few meanings behind that name… Some are real life and others a little more make believe.
TG: What does The Galeries mean to you?
LW: There’s a nice slower pace at The Galeries which can feel like a port in the storm that is the bustling heart of the city.
It’s home to a few stores & spaces that I like to visit for treasure hunting or searching for inspiration in the pages of books. As long as I’ve known it the Galeries has engaged with and shared the work of artists which is always a cool to see.
TG: How did you approach this campaign for The Galeries and what was the concept behind it?
LW: I was asked to create an artwork to represent some of the restaurants that call The Galeries home. I chose a few elements to draw up individually and brought them together to tell that story in a lighthearted way
TG: Your artist method involves a range of mixed media. Where did you start and how was it evolved?
LW: I like to create work with a range of mediums and sometimes that involves mixed media pieces. It’s just a matter of wanting to try different things and experiment creatively. I’ve always done this to some extent and I’m sure will continue to mix things up.
TG: Favourite procrastination buster and how to get in the zone?
LW: I’m not a huge procrastinator… if I have the energy to stay awake I can usually channel it where I need to. If I do find myself distracted getting back in the zone usually looks like a cup of tea in hand, the right music coming through the speakers, a smokey brick of Pinõn incense burning. That’s been my creative focus mode this Winter.
TG: With such uncertain times ahead of us, there’s a sense of insecurity around us. What would be your piece of advice to other artist right now?
LW: I’m not so sure that I’m the right person to be handing it out advice… I guess I’d say that sometimes good work and idea’s can come from the weird or difficult times. If you’re feeling that pressure perhaps see if there’s a way that it can feed you and your work.