Grant Summary
Artist Statement
With a small knife I cut intricate, delicate worlds from single sheets of paper which are framed pressed between two panes of glass with a strong spotlight, casting a complex web of shadows on the wall. Many of these 2-D works depict chaotic, overcrowded cityscapes, assemblages of people and objects, surreal floating landscapes, intimate portraits, and other reflections on Cambodia, the country I’ve come to call my second home. I also create large scale paper cut installations such as the Memory Net. This 30 foot long net "traps" representative objects from my travels and personal experiences, deciphered by a "key" given to viewers. Through my work I honor the personal stories of the incredible people I’ve met around the world, as well as investigate my Japanese American identity and my family’s struggle as immigrants in the US. 
  • Memory Net, (Ranue's House) 2017, Lauren Iida, Documentation of Hand-cut paper installation. Courtesy of the artist.

  • California, 1939 2017, Lauren Iida, Hand-cut paper, acrylic. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Hold On 2017, Lauren Iida, Hand-cut paper, sumi ink . Courtesy of the artist.

  • Documentation of "Memory Net, Koh Rong Island" 2017, Lauren Iida, Hand-cut paper installation. Courtesy of the artist.