Lauren Trimble is an artist, ceramic sculptor and graphic designer. She has tried every medium from oils, watercolours, pen and ink as well as making art with a welding torch, wood and leather, found objects and with fabrics. She is from Vancouver, BC and moved to Denman Island where she apprenticed in ceramic wheel work and sculpture with Dragon master, Bentley LeBaron. Afterwards, she developed unique ceramic art and functional ware that was displayed in galleries and boutiques. Most of this work was inspired by a unique melding of Renaissance imagery and native North American art as well as an interest in spiritual philosophy. The success of this intention was clear when a piece of artwork could attract the attention of a wide audience of any age, income level or background, all of whom would be moved when they saw her work.|
With a professional career in graphic design, her current artwork combines both worlds, that of visionary and that of information specialist and brings all the skills and talents learned through the last twenty years together. The most recent sculpture series are inspired by her past work, the classical masters of painting and sculpture and a modern, urban aesthetic. Beautifully crafted, these sculptures have a suggestion of age and patina in the choice of surface finish and the ways slips, stains and glazes are applied in stages and allowed to crack and peel away to reveal a previous layer. They also often contain irony and visual witticisms such as in the piece entitled "Charge" which is a beautifully constructed sculpture made from a wooden box, a fully functional hamster wheel, a spiral staircase and the sculpted clay head of Plato, the renowned Greek philosopher. Another recent series of Buddha masks uses a very rough approach and the layering of stains and slips giving them an organic look and each one, although they come from a mold, is unique.
Lauren believes art needs to be beautiful, even if the subject matter is difficult or challenging, to be meaningful and memorable. “I like it when people are transfixed by my art, captivated the way one is attracted to a charismatic person. There is so much that can be transmitted and revealed through art and I wish to share what nourishes a soul, enriches a heart and humours a mind.” And there is often a spiritual dimension to her work. A recent purchase was bought because the client saw in the Buddha mask the face of her nephew who recently passed away. Another work was placed on the alter of a friend to help them go through a difficult life phase, and on the West Coast several boxes with carved, inserted tiles were purchased to function as funerary urns and a bird mask sculpture was intentionally given by a Naturopath to their client to act as a transformative and spiritual device.