Lauren YS is a Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to her arrival in the street art world, the influences of these phases of her own career add up to a robust style of murals and fine art.
Lauren's work aims to create and populate a misfit wonderland in which imaginary heroines can address the absurdities of reality in the confines of a page or a wall. Dreams and mythology add to the myriad of influences that stem from her upbringing in Colorado and her time spent at Stanford, writing for Juxtapoz, working at DreamWorks, and teaching english to high schoolers at San Francisco's 826 Valencia.
After applying her vibrant grasp of narrative to a curriculum on creating a full-length graphic novel at Stanford as well as her initial gallery shows in San Francisco, it has only been in the last year that YS has entered the mural scene. She completed a residency and solo show at Nychos' Rabbit Eye Movement studio in Vienna, and has since shown work and live-painted at various international art festivals and institutions. Festivals include Art Basel Miami, Pow!Wow! Hawaii, Colorado Crush and the inaugural "Wander and Wayfare," a festival including female street artists that took place at Rocha Art in San Francisco. Her work is often geared towards pushing a narrative undertone and always has a fantastical aesthetic.