"Myth comes alive as it enters the cauldron of evolution, drawing energy from the
storytellers who shape it."

Elizabeth Fuller, Independent Eye Theatre

When I went to Bali to study mask making, I was privileged to produce a series of collaborative masks with Ida Bagus Anom and other Balinese mask masters while there (they were exhibited at Buka Creati Gallery in Ubud). Inspired by their wonderful Temple mask traditions, I began a series of 30 multi-cultural Masks of the Goddessas contemporary Temple Masks devoted to the feminine faces of Myth and Deity. The collection travelled throughout the U.S., used by choreographers, theatre, psychologists and ritualists. I myself directed 3 community performances with them. As I researched mythologies from around the world, I found myself in a grand conversation that grew as others used the masks, filling them with energy and new meaning. No artist could ask for more.

In 2007 I was a Fellow of the Alden Dow Creativity Center at Northwood University, and with a grant from the Puffin Foundation, I was able to explore “Spider Woman's Hands”. The “weaving” continued in 2009 as Resident Artist at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and as a resident at Gallery 408 in New Mexico in 2010. In 2011 and 2012 my Masks of the Goddess Project was presented at the Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, England and the Conference for the Study of Women and Mythology in San Francisco, and in 2013 at the Goddess Spirit Rising Conference.

The Greek name "Penelope" originally meant "with a web on her face". Theologian Catherine Keller once posed the question: "How would we live, how would we act, if like Penelope, we saw the world with a webbed vision?" I never stop trying to answer that question as well. Among the Navajo, a bit of spider web is rubbed into the hands of infant girls, so, like Spider Woman, they will become good weavers. May we all "rub a bit of spider web into the palms of our hands".

Lauren Raine 2013

 

"Like the Spider Woman herself, Lauren has become one with the work of her hands. It is unusual to find a talented artist who is also sublimely articulate about her inspiration, her study, and her realization."

Sarah Gorman, THE CREATIVE SPIRIT CENTER

"Lauren probes the limits of whatever medium she addresses. The questions her art raises are deeply significant questions."

Robin Larsen,THE CENTER FOR SYMBOLIC STUDIES

"The Masks of the Goddess Workshop was a pivotal event in my life. I have been feeling the Goddesses waking up ever since."

Lorraine Hogan, Participant at Kripalu Workshop

"Lauren Raine is a fascinating artist who steps outside of conventional notions of what the function of art is.".

Julie Hansen, UNIV. OF ARIZONA MUSEUM OF ART

Resume available upon request.

GALLERY...CLASSES...HOME...BLOG...BOOKS...LAUREN RAINE...STORE...LINKS...CONTACT

All materials copyright © 2012 Lauren Raine