|Lauren Semivan and Lorne Carroll visiting Appleton, Wisconsin, 2014|
iPhone portrait by J. Lindemann
Lauren Semivan left Lawrence University with a Studio Major in 2004 determined to live and work as an artist. An MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art Photography Department prepared her to be self-reliant and creative with what she found around her. Sympatico with Lorne Carroll, a public health nurse and mandolin player devoted to attaining complete self-sufficiency through raising food and other means, the two have melded their aesthetics into a life that has lead them to inhabit a gracefully decaying Victorian mansion in Pontiac Michigan for a few months. Lauren is an accomplished and established artist and teacher showing her work at David Klein Gallery, Detroit, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York and Paris Photo. Her recent series, Observatory, consists of still life assemblages made in her studio, which she photographs with an 8x10 view camera and prints in cyanotype or inkjet. Lauren and Lorne visited with Lawrence University Digital Processes students on January 27, 2014, in the midst of the polar vortex, to share their story.
|The Pontiac Mansion, 2009|
Postcard format photograph by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann