Lauren E. Simonutti, “Admission”, 2011
After viewing the hundreds of quality images throughout this year’s AIPAD photography show, it is a fool’s task to pick the one artist that stands out. However, the impact of the images produced by Lauren E. Simonutti leave no doubt as to the importance of her work:
The problem with madness is that you can feel it coming but when you tell people you think you are going crazy they do not believe you. It is too distant a concept. Too melodramatic. You don’t believe it yourself until you have fallen so quickly and so far that your fingernails are the only thing holding you up, balanced with your feet dangling on either side of a narrow fence with your heart and mind directly over center, so that when you do fall it will split you in two. And split equally. So there’s not even a stronger side left to win.
Over three and one half years I have spent alone amidst these 8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds and 199 panes of glass. And this is what I saw here. This is what I learned.
As shared by Simonutti’s gallerist, Catherine Edelman, the viewer learns the work is an essential tool for the artist in managing a very challenging life. That being said, all viewers are rewarded in a very special way by these intricate creations and the emotions they evoke.
For more information and images: Catherine Edelman Gallery