Lauren Baker is a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally. tHer work explores the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions. Using neon light to express universal energies and life mantras, she aims to raise the vibration of love and connection within the world.
As a notable artist, we asked Lauren for her insight and feedback on a few questions artists are confronted with in their own practice.
• Do you find social media helps sell your work? Has Instagram for instance secured sales for you?
Yes for sure. Instagram is a visual tool and enables connections to happen fast.
• How do you value your work?
I work out how much the materials and production costs are, and how many hours I spent on it. Then I have a feeling about how much I love it, and I’ll add more if I really love it. For some pieces of my abstract work, I don’t really want to sell as I couldn’t make it again if I tried, so I’ll add a higher price to lessen the chance of it selling. I also work out what I’ll make once the commission and costs have been considered, to ensure my energy and value is rewarded.
• How do you go about finding a suitable gallery to sign with?
For me, things have happened organically. I focus on the art and make enough noise so that galleries notice and approach me. To get the first gallery, I advise putting on your own shows and PR-ing it yourself to start with. My first show was in the basement of a friend’s pub. Early on, I also had my art featured in window displays at Harrods and Selfridges to get it out there.
I’m now going into an interesting phase where I’m trying to work with less galleries. I appreciate galleries that I’ve done solo shows with such as; Hang Up (x2 solo shows) and Box Galleries (x2 solo shows), and galleries that invest by taking it to international art fairs such as Art Angels and Laurent Marthaler Contemporary.
• What is a message you’d like to share with the art world?
That art is medicine. I want to inspire as many people as possible to live a creative life. Whether that is visual art, dancing, poetry, writing and so on. When I set off to South America on a quest to find the meaning of life and I sat deep in the amazon jungle with shamans, I found meaning in creativity and I wish for others to find the joy and levels of extreme aliveness and blue sky thinking and pure presence that I find is born from unleashing your creativity.