by Denimu in New Illustration on Thursday 2 May 2013

‘At 17, I lost every possession I had accumulated in my short life span. Ever since, I have been a collector’, says Oakland-based illustrator and installation artist, Lauren Napolitano, who works with found materials – wood scraps, old bottles, paper torn from old books, tattered lace and dried flowers.

Self-taught, Napolitano uses her thin, fragile, art-deco-inspired linework to coat forgotten relics of the everyday with new meanings and new life. Her traveling project with street artist Shrine, called Reckless In Love Shack, has been set up at Symbiosis and Lightning In A Bottle.