Lauren Fensterstock - Claire Oliver Gallery

Lauren Fensterstock

Every planned landscape reveals the particular philosophy of its maker; one could say it leaves an allegorical map of the world’s structure at the time of its creation. For example, as early as the 18th century, European gardeners created purposefully ruinous landscapes to suggest a continuum of change in a world where man had only a temporary impact. This lies in stark contrast with 16th-century Baroque gardens, such as Versailles, in which nature was forcibly tamed to man’s exacting rule. In Lauren Fensterstock’s works, we see imagery drawing from the history of Man’s varied and often contradictory relationship with the natural world.