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During my Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Monash University, I have developed a deep interest in and connection to the physicality of the body and psychology of the mind. Studying Photomedia as my major has inspired the urge to materialise the mind into tangible entity: the body, the thing we commonly recognise as physical existence and containing consciousness. My research has developed curiosity in areas such as the human condition, ontology, existentialism and phenomenology.

I have developed a love for the movement and manipulation of the body and how on its own, it can be displayed as a sculptural form. Arresting the body in usually imperceptible moments of its fluctuation and portraying anti-gravity has become one of the ultimate aims of my artistic practice. It gives me a heightened sense of exhilaration to capture a perfect contortion and expression that the body, or even an object standing in for the body, has created for a moment in time. I have used the medium of video to explore these concepts, as I wanted my audience to feel that same sense of immersive beauty and illusion unfolding before their eyes in a conceived space and time.

These ideas and interests have also flowed into sculptural forms, performance art and installations that I have created throughout my degree, and I hope to continue on this journey of exploring the meaning of existence.

Lauren Giusti
Altered State of Being
2013

installation view

Lauren Giusti

Exploring the human condition has inspired these translations of physical and psychological states of existence into materiality. In Altered State of Being there is a focus on the oscillation of emotions and bodily movement.

The depicted material is representative of the body, although seems to be endlessly floating in a display of hypnotic weightless contortion. It is held in an extended moment of time and position in space. Through the dialogue created around notions of anti-gravity, Altered State of Being explores how the body and the mind are in constant states of fluctuation.

Through a repetitious, meditative and mesmerizing video and sound environment, Altered State of Being creates an ethereal experience, thus allowing the audience to let go of their own physical matter.

Lauren Giusti
Float
2012

Lauren Giusti
Isolated with nature
2013

Lauren Giusti
The Deconstructed Body
2012

Lauren Giusti
Body Sculptures
2013

digital prints, series of six

The series Body Sculptures, depicting a piece of white material captured amidst flight, comments on the medium of photography. The material that has been propelled into the air has been frozen at a point in time, which illustrates a beautiful stillness. The series of photographs acts as a container of time and space putting on a display of contours and contortions of the suspended material.

The material that has been arrested at the apex of its airlift takes on a sculptural quality. It is recognised that the material was thrown into the air although the precise moment captured and shown in Body Sculptures is imperceptible to the eye. Through this, the force of gravity is absent and the physical features of the sculptural forms of the material become observable and can be examined as if it where a still object.

In Body Sculptures there is an element of performance and reference to the body. The movements of the body to create the series are not shown but rather the photographs become a product of the vigorous action. Not only is the body referenced through the creation of the image, the throwing of the material, but also how the body is positioned amid the action is symbolic of the contours presented in the photographs.

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