The eclectic and sculptural: an artist apartment.
Art of living
I interviewed Lauren Gault, an artist from Northern Ireland living and working in Glasgow, about art and domesticity, which inter-correlate in the work she makes and the apartment she lives in.
Pink, greenery and curiosities define the Glasgow apartment of artist Lauren Gault. Punctuated with ceramic snakes and cows, mostly coming from her art installations in which she composes systems from undefined objects, her recently bought apartment is a stylish, and sculptural countryside in the city. The apartment is eclectic and colourful but yet very calm and peaceful. I met her to find out how her work interacts with her living.
Hi Lauren, I noticed Your sculptural work is full of domestic clues but yet very abstract. What is your relationship with domesticity?
I think I keep the two very separate, but if I do use a found object or reference something that's familiar to everyday living or ‘domestic’ in size, I try to remove it slightly from what we think we understand about it or ‘know’ about it from everyday encounters. There’s always some sort of ‘remove’ or ‘dislodging’ from its context so it can form part of another language.
How do you interact with your living space?
This is my first flat so…at first tentatively! I wasn’t used to having a space to myself or being able to solely author an interior. Now, I’ve started to very, very slowly invest in small things and try to understand spaces I actually live in and how those objects make me feel everyday.
What are the difference between thinking your personal space and an exhibition space?
My personal space is very different to how I'd think about an exhibition space. An exhibition space is very much my profession. My personal space is really important for me to retreat in, to try to relax, but inevitably as both deal with space and objects there are some cross overs, eg. when it come to placement and I have some gifted artworks from friends!
Do you consider your furniture as sculptures?
I have so little furniture at the moment I think about my plants more as sculptures. How they change, how I constantly inspect them and try to respond to them. They have agency. I’ve also been playing a lot with light – it to has become more of an intervention in my personal space. Most of the sculptural objects I have in my flat are not my own so I have them to mark a particular moment, memory or mood. They are mostly gifts or treasured items from home or friends. They are very different to the interrogation that happens in my studio. It’s important I keep the two very separate but also be open to where there might be small crossovers.
How static is your space? How often do you reconsider your decoration, how does it evolve as you are used to constantly react and rethink the spaces and the shapes you are working on?
Sometimes I keep an arrangement for a while, but sometimes, depending on light or season, I’ll change things. Normally things stay quite static but I’ll slowly move, reposition or replace things within a similar position.
Your thoughts on the medallions?
I think it’s great that you can have a foxed point or ‘holder’ and have something you can change, re-change, return to – I also like how in a way they look very permanent but aren’t…They can very quickly formalise or activate a space.
Thank you, Lauren, for having me!
Discover her work: www.laurengault.co.uk