Indigenous is an exploration of the recurring patterns of natural forms that are rooted in my own memories. I’ve lived in a variety of climates in the last decade–sometimes feeling right at home, sometimes feeling like I didn’t belong at all. I never felt a homesickness for landscape until I left the South and moved to Iowa. Often, the things that provided comfort were familiar plants and wildlife that I could locate in the unfamiliar landscape. Something as simple as hearing a whip-poor-whill would remind me that not everything was alien after all: if a bird could thrive in two vastly different climates, then so could I. My two years in Iowa proved how connected I have become to landscape, how it is tied with memory and family. On its own, each piece provides a snapshot of place; when viewed together, the patterns emerge. This series explores those connections between ourselves, our memories, and the habitat we call home.
handmade paper, letterpress printing, embroidery hoops
Lauren Faulkenberry is a writer and book artist based in Whittier, North Carolina. A love of storytelling drives her work, often leading her to explore the points where shared mythologies and personal histories overlap. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and her books are held in Special Collections libraries in the U.S. and abroad. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College and an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama.