Log in to post comments Academic Area Sculpture Degree MFA Year Graduated 2019 Website laurenock.com Lauren O’Connor-Korb received her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2019. Using humor and skepticism as tools to interrogate the world around her, she creates objects that question their own inherent form and function. Her current focus is what role machines play in distancing people from the materiality of their environments. Her work has been shown nationally in San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, and New York. We are socialized to understand the objects that surround us. Just as with places (libraries, museums, public bathrooms etc.) we are made aware of the rules and parameters of things, so we can quickly parse them and fit them into the landscape of our surroundings. This reduction of objects into symbol, coupled with a growing misunderstanding of how those objects truly function allows for interventions on my part. The illusions my work seek to pull rely on the "objectness" of the sculptures I make, all of my tampering hidden with seductive design sourced from the banality of manufactured world. I see a parallel in the flattening of objects to the reduction of language to code, and the intersection/problems that arise there as the path my research is headed.