Lauren Iida Artist Walkthrough and Second Reception
512 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
4pm: Lauren Iida provides a walkthrough of her fascinating exhibition, How to Trap a Memory. Learn more about the symbolic language in her intricate paper cut works, her nonprofit work in Cambodia and more!
5-8pm: First Thursday Reception
ArtXchange Gallery presents Lauren Iida’s debut solo exhibition, “How to Trap a Memory.” Intricate paper cutaway works create an intimate portrait of the artist, utilizing a visual language of metaphorical objects traversing a decade living between the United States and Cambodia. Her new collection illustrates how stories and memories accumulate in the corners of our mind and ultimately become a structure we carry with us. Memories become both a burden and safe place of refuge, forming our history and identity.
Anchoring the show, a large-scale installation, “Memory Net,” creates a physical structure built of ephemeral memories. Expressively rendered objects including octopus legs, dice, traditional Khmer (Cambodian) scarves and reading glasses are suspended and trapped within a large-scale paper net. Iida’s visual language uses repetition and calculated assemblage to recount the occurrences that form her identity, referencing everything from her educational work in Cambodia to the stories of her Japanese heritage.