Lauren Kalman. Lauren Kalman, Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments
(Nevus Comedonicus), 2009.
Lauren Kalman is a visual artist whose practice is invested in installation, video, photography, and performance. Through her work she investigates perspectives of beauty, body image, value, and consumer culture.
Raised in the Midwest, Kalman earned a BFA with a focus in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and completed her MFA at Ohio State University. She exhibits and lectures internationally and currently is an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
In her most recent body of work, Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments (2009), Kalman uses golden acupuncture needles, set with precious stones and pearls in the pin heads, to pierce the skin in arrangements that simulate dermatological conditions such as acne, warts, nevus comedonicus, shingles, and symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis and gonorrhea. In this work beautiful meets grotesque and the visceral body is mediated by mechanical reproduction.