Lauren Fensterstock’s Cosmic Mosaics Map Out the Unknown in Crystal and Gems

Grace Ebert for COLOSSAL

When a massive star dies, it collapses with an enormous explosion that produces a supernova. In some cases, the remains become a black hole, the enigmatic phenomenon that traps everything it comes into contact with—even light itself.


The life cycle of stars informs the most recent works by artist Lauren Fensterstock who applies the principles of such stellar transformations to human interaction and connection. From her studio in Portland, Maine, she creates dense mosaics of fragmented crystals and stones including quartz, obsidian, and tourmaline that glimmer when hit by light and form shadowy areas of intrigue when not.

April 29, 2024