Lorien Stern is a young artist from the often-overlooked desert of California. Hailing from a household of artists and 7 cats, her work transcends the kiln into any desirable realm of fashion and installations. Finding solace and inspiration in animals, her art is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before...
1. Who are you?
Hi! My name is Lorien Stern. I'm 25 years old and I live in the Mojave Desert of California, in a tiny town called Inyokern.
2. Describe your medium & process for your work...
My main mediums are ceramics and painting in gouache & acrylic. Currently, most of the paintings I create I turn into heat transfers. Heat transfers are screen printed images on release paper that can be applied to fabrics with heat and pressure. I cut out the individual characters and make unique arrangements on tshirts, overalls, shorts, and dresses. I like making each garment different with color balance, background, and character interaction in mind. It's become a very fun game. With ceramics I like to choose subject matter that makes me feel happy. I also like to create things that would normally scare me, and make them look more approachable.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I was pretty shy growing up so I liked to doodle to keep busy, and it became my favorite activity. Also my dad was a jeweler and my sister always painted so I grew up in a household that supported creativity. I adopted 7 cats the year my father passed away and they became huge symbols of comfort to me. I have since used animal imagery as a tool to create things that make me feel happy.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
It's really exciting to create the work you want to see. I also like when people say that my work makes them feel happy. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding how to glaze things… I often have too many ideas and get overwhelmed by options.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
My current short term goal is creating a ceramic cemetery for a solo show at Ochi Projects in Los Angeles next year. After that I want to keep expanding with larger pieces and bigger spaces. Also, one day I hope to build a house that has a slide from the top floor to bottom floor…