Elizabeth from Chowchilla, CA

a detail of a woman's portrait
a portrait of a woman drawn on letters she's written
Elizabeth from Chowchilla

Here’s is my most recent work for the Significant Stranger Project. I only know Elizabeth through the letters we have been writing back and forth for the last two years or so. When I sat down to think of what material to use to draw her face I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than the letters themselves. And because I only know Elizabeth through text I decided to use letters as the means to show her to the rest of the world.

a detail of a woman's portrait


Christine From San Francisco

a woman's portrait is drawn with charcoal on a newspaper
a woman's portrait is drawn with charcoal on a newspaper
Christine from San Francisco

Christine was nice enough to send me a portrait of herself along with a newspaper from the town she lives in. I ended up wanting to make her portrait larger than life, so I purchased a few newspapers of my own from San Francisco in order to sew 3 front pages from various days together.

I am finding that I’m more and more attracted to the colors black, white, and gray. I can’t say why yet, but some day I will figure it out. One reason may be that I want Christine to appear to be part of the newspaper. I’m trying to conceptually show that all persons are connected to all events. These newspapers are from the town Christine lives in. A viewer is getting a small peak into the life of a woman they have never, and most likely will never meet.

Mary Kann

a black and white painting of a woman on a chair on postcards
Mary (a portrait of a woman painted on postcards sent to her)

I wanted to add a few other images to give you all an idea of what I have been working on lately. This piece started with buying about 250 postcards from ebay. Upon receiving them I noticed they were all addressed to the same woman, Mary Kann. I preceded to ask the nice gentleman who sold me these postcards if he had an image of this woman so that I could join the two (the woman and the postcards) together.

I am so happy to report that he did and I have successfully combined Mary Kann with her postcards and developed another piece for my Significant Stranger Project. There is a front and back to this installation, but I am only showing you the front. The back is all the written text that Mary received, mainly from her daughter Dot, over several decades. I plan on showing it as a free standing sculpture that may be seen from all sides.

detail of a black and white portrait painting of a woman
Detail of Mary

Enjoy the images. It’s still in the working phases, but you can get an idea of where I am going with this particular piece. I am working on about three more at the moment and will keep you updated as the time passes.

Again, I am always looking for volunteers, so if you are a stranger, which most of you out there are (to me), check out my post entitled New Art Project #1 to get more details.

Thanks again! Lauren

Update on Significant Stranger Project

a portrait of a young woman printed on her local newspaper

Well, things are going really well with this project. I have a good amount of volunteers sending me photos and newspapers–thank you all. I wanted to post an image of a piece I just completed to give you all an idea of what I mean to do with your portrait. This particular piece is done on newspaper, others will be completed on other materials which have yet to be decided on.

a portrait of a young woman printed on her local newspaper
Lauren from Bethesda

If you are interested in being part of this project please leave a comment and I will get in contact with you. More information about the “Significant Stranger Project” may be found under the page New Art Projects

More updates to come!