Lauren Drescher divides her time between Auckland and the French Pyrenees. Recent travel restrictions have given her the opportunity to exhibit her work in New Zealand.
As a traveling artist she has adapted her printmaking practice to fit into a suitcase. A collector of ephemera, she uses antique paper to create new works. Old ledgers, children’s exercise books and a cache of paper scraps allow a glimpse into past lives. Paper produced before 1950 is acid free and much of the material on view is over a hundred years old. Other print works are on handmade Japanese paper.
In this exhibition there are selected works from different series which use various printmaking techniques including relief prints, dry point etchings and collage. The mobile installation was inspired by a set of old French school stamps.
Reoccurring themes in Drescher’s work are our intrinsic connection to nature and the sentience of animals. Symbols, fairytales, archetypes and old manuscripts all inform her work.
Drescher trained at Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She arrived in Auckland in the mid 1990s from Indonesia where she was working as a midwife for an NGO. After a decade spent working in Women’s Health, she came full circle to complete a printmaking degree at Central St. Martins in London.
Drescher's work has exhibited widely in the UK, USA, France, India and South Korea and more recently in NZ