Liebster Nomination Q&A

Thanks to Little Macabre for the nomination and the great questions that I have answered below! It’s always nice to be acknowledged by your peers.

  1. Where do you do your work? Anywhere with a pencil and surface that I can draw on…I’m not picky!
  2. Do you work from life, from photographs or from imagination? I enjoy working from life and from photographs. I also incorporate aspects from my imagination. Similar to spotting an image in a cloud, I discover new forms to include as my images progress.
  3. What moves you most in life, either to inspire or upset you? Oh, wow! Many things move and inspire me. Reflecting on my work, I believe the continual pursuit to capture a person’s life and their depth is a key motivating factor. People inspire me.
  4. Which is more important to you, the subject of your art, or the way it is executed? The meaning behind the work and the way that it is executed remain important to my practice. I love getting lost in lines, shades, and other forms. I also, find myself drawn to making work that is subject driven. For example, I’m drawing people with various medical conditions. Unquestionably, it is important for me to honor the person.
  5. What is the role of the artist in society? Great question. In my opinion the role of the “artist” is to help create work that encourages individuals to see the world anew. Whether the artist is capturing a shadow on a sidewalk, a humorous moment, or making  political imagery; the artist has the unique ability to promote reflection and emotion on a plethora of topics.
  6. Does music play a role in your creative process? I love listening to music when I am creating my art.
  7. Do you have an artwork you’re most proud of? Why? I feel that my best art is always tomorrows. Nevertheless, the first piece that I am enjoying the most is “Composite”,  (shown below). There are so many physical and psychological layers to an individual that no gaze is strong enough to penetrate. This piece is layered with images that speak to the subjects life (i.e. baby picture, genetic coding,..etc).
    Lauren A. Toomer Composite Graphite drawing on multiple layers
    Lauren A. Toomer
    Composite
    Graphite drawing on multiple layers
    Lauren A. Toomer Composite Graphite drawing on multiple layers
    Lauren A. Toomer
    Composite
    Graphite drawing on multiple layers

    Lauren A. Toomer Composite Graphite drawing on multiple layers
    Lauren A. Toomer
    Composite
    Graphite drawing on multiple layers
  8. What is your most important creative tool that you couldn’t live without? 8B pencil and mechanical pencil. 
  9. How did you start doing what you do? like most children, I have always enjoyed creating art. I began taking art seriously around the age of 12…, when I began reading and redrawing images from how-to-draw books…no joke!
  10. Is there a single piece of art that inspired you greatly? Currently,  medical illustrations are extremely inspiring to me; specifically the work of Max Brödel. I enjoy all of his illustrations.

    Max Brödel

Thanks again,  Little Macabre.

– LAT