Lucien Shapiro


Dancing between life and death, my art is rife with found objects, textures, cast forms, manipulations, and raw substances. Treating forgotten objects and memories as treasure, I create a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture.

The most important themes I draw upon in my art practice are transformation, repetition, meditation, and growth. In a world of rapid climate change, by utilizing materials most would discard, I create a raw conversation between treasure and trash. I typically use materials like bottle caps and “street diamonds” (glass from vandalized cars I sweep off the street), thereby transforming them into something new and hopeful. Through laborious and meditative repetition, I examine how small individual elements, though often overlooked, can come together to create a powerful and transformative whole. By using found and collected materials, I explore ways to reshape and relearn what we are originally taught. There is an inherent duality in my work, namely the contrast of urban materials (which are ephemeral, prescribed, industrial) and an aesthetic of something deeply rooted (poetic, hand-crafted, and eternal).

I am interested in dissecting every element that creates the human I am today. This goes back through generations of family trauma, education, parenting, and guidance. Through creation I have the opportunity to tear all of this down and rebuild it over and over again. This is why my work concentrates on objects of intention, like self portraits, portals, protection walls, and earth spells. These forms echo a language that lives in my experiences of deep self work, experimentation and travel.

This fluidity of thought and purpose informs all of my work and currently I’m primarily focusing on the evolution of my inner Self. I am laying bare and opening up to whatever the future may bring. In this way, my work is now more transparent and a symbol of my growth as an artist and human.