Lauren Iida was born in Seattle and holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (2014). She specializes in intricately hand-cut paper, often incorporating watercolor, ink wash and shadow play. Much of Iida's work is influenced by Cambodia where she has been working on various non-profit and social entrepreneurship projects since 2008. Other major influences include her family's Japanese American heritage, their incarceration during WWII, and her Pacific Northwest home. Iida now shares her time between Seattle and Cambodia where in addition to her own artistic practice, she leads art tours and operates the artist collective Open Studio Cambodia.
Iida has exhibited her work at venues throughout the Pacific NW region including ArtXchange Gallery, the Mayor’s Gallery at Seattle City Hall, Tacoma Spaceworks, and Sculpture Northwest. She is the recipient of GAP Grant from Artist Trust, a Fellowship from the Art Matters Foundation, and her work has been collected and commissioned for permanent public installation by the City of Seattle, the City of Shoreline, The Washington State Convention Center, and Sound Transit.