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Casalinga Lauren Bartone 2015

Lauren Bartone 4 NeighborsCasalinga: Painting 
the Domestic Arena

Featuring new work by Lauren Bartone, the Max Thelen Artist-in Residence at Art Works Downtown

January 6–February 7, 2015
Reception: January 9 • 5–8pm

Casalinga means housewife in Italian and it is the title Lauren Bartone has given to her newest body of work – a series of paintings about female labor, textiles and the domestic workspace. The paintings use a limited color palette of reds and pinks to consider the ambiguous role of women’s labor and its relationship to the home. The work, which can be seen in the Donor’s Gallery at Art Works Downtown, features imagery of textiles, everyday objects and references to the handmade nature of domestic work.


Lauren Bartone is an artist and educator based in San Rafael, California. Her work is grounded in an interdisciplinary balance of painting, collective dialogue, and community work. Undergraduate studies at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute of Art, in Florence, Italy and at UCLA (BA in Visual Art 2001), as well as a graduate work in both education (MA in Education, UC Berkeley, 2005) and in the visual arts (MFA in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Art, 2012) have allowed her to pursue her passions for both the visual arts and for education. Lauren has worked in local community programs, enjoyed participating in various artist residencies, and received several grants including a Marin Arts Council Career Grant, the VCFA Levin/Lutz Award, and the Pirkle Jones Foundation Artist Support Grant. Since 2011 she has also enjoyed working collaboratively with the Fortnight Collective. Most recently her work has considered social patterns and divisions as they pertain to domestic life, motherhood and daily life in her community. She has shown work in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Vermont and New York.

Lauren Bartone, is the Max Thelen Studio Artist-in-Residence, a new residency at Art Works Downtown, generously funded by the Fenwick Foundation in commemoration of Max Thelen, Jr. The residency aims to support emerging artists by providing free studio space, exhibition opportunities, and exposure to the public for one year. Lauren’s exhibit in the Donors’ Gallery this January will be followed by another exhibit in the Founders’ Gallery in July of 2015.