Out of the Dark with Lauren Sarantopulos

September has come and gone but I wanted to take the time share with you all the beautiful work of Lauren Sarantopulos who had her show, “Out of the Dark” at The HeArt Box last month. It was a pleasure getting to work with Lauren and to hold space for these magical pieces. Each one having a life of it’s own, spirit animals in a sense.

The way Lauren works with multiple medias on wood creates such an interesting visual to look at. The wood grain is left at times as part of the animal, the creation and the wood become one, truly merging together and creating a life of its own.

Eclipse - Nighttime darkness sweeps the day, as sunlit rays are stolen from the sky like golden arrows. Only in this silent kingdom of stars can the owl fly free, his glowing face an orb against the moon.  Acrylic, oil pastel, graphite, Wood Panel

Eclipse - Nighttime darkness sweeps the day, as sunlit rays are stolen from the sky like golden arrows. Only in this silent kingdom of stars can the owl fly free, his glowing face an orb against the moon.

Acrylic, oil pastel, graphite, Wood Panel

Her work brings light to animals that are a part of our superstitions, folk lore and beloved stories. The wildlife that exists in the world, she captures the wildness of these animals and their magic.

Artist statement -

Since my start at age eight, I have explored art through different styles and mediums. Fascinated by nature, I began painting wildlife as a means of developing a unique style while feeding my love of the environment.

For me there is nothing more inspiring than the natural world. Nature holds so much beauty and mystery I often find myself flooded with awe each time I step outside. It is a gift to live on a planet graced with so much life, yet many seem to take this for granted. If art is a universal language, it is my hope to speak out with my work - to move people to look closer and see beauty in the other lives we share this remarkable planet with.
Along with working towards a degree in environmental biology at Northern Arizona University, I hope that my passion for the arts will help to bring attention to issues such as biodiversity and endangered species loss.

I love the engagement with this show with the NAU student community coming out to support a fellow student. Karin Johnson, a friend of Lauren’s, happen to see the event happening at The HeArt Box and reconnected with Lauren while fulfilling a project need for video journalism. Below you can see the interview with myself and Lauren.

You can follow more of Lauren’s work on instagram at @sarantopulosstudios or here.

Video by Karin Johnson, student at Northern Arizona University.