5 Questions With... Lauren Baker Lauren with one of her neon artworks in her studio
HU: You have recently exhibited in the Tate Exchange in London. What is the core concept behind 'Letter to Mother Earth'?
L.B: I explored our connection to nature, presenting ‘Letter To Mother Earth’. The installation involved a sound wave letter presenting
an open apology for the last 100 years of destruction and neglect, on behalf of the human race. The words slowly appeared word by word, lit up by projection
on a long scroll of cloth spilling from the walls to the floor, before vanishing on a cyclical loop.
After taking part in ceremonies with shamans in the Amazon Jungle, I felt a profound connection and understanding of the wisdom of plants. Inspired by
plant frequencies (which vibrate at up to 24Hz), people were invited to create sound wave messages to express their connection to nature. I also gifted
tree seeds via glass test tubes with tree-like hand-blown roots, and shared my vision to plant trees in the Rainforest, supporting One Tree Planted
Plant bioacoustics refers to the creation of sound waves by plants. The intelligent communication between plants, trees and humans is a new frontier of
exploration, as the concept of plant consciousness; that plants have the awareness to make decisions and communicate with each other, is fast gaining
ground in the scientific world. Tree consciousness operates up to 24 Htz, meaning that it falls within the range of human consciousness.
The installation was presented by Commune Unity and Public Works from 26– 28 Jul at Tate Exchange.
'Letter to Mother Earth' at Tate Exchange
HU: Can you tell us more about your pledge to plant trees to help counter our destruction to the earth?
L.B: I decided to initiate planting 8888 trees in the Amazon Rainforests.
A core part of my ethos is about cultivating the magnetism of positivity. We are most content when our thoughts, actions and words are congruent. I
always aim to appreciate and acknowledge the darkness and seek the light, reframing and optimizing situations to focus on the good that can evolve.
Planting trees is a win-win for everyone and there is certain wonder in the joy of gathering for positive action.
The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the ‘Lungs of our Planet’ because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously
recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. More than half of the world's
estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land
surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. Experts estimate
that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation (Raintree). After my personal experiences
with shamans deep in the jungle and the wisdom I gained from plant medicine 8 years ago, the idea came when I was meditating. There is a magical
element to the number 8 which is the symbol for infinity.
HU: You have stated that “Everything has an energy and a frequency.” Can you tell us how this has influenced your work?
L.B: The famous inventor Nikola Tesla said, ‘If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency
and vibrations’. This concept has influenced a lot of my work including the series, ‘The Colour of Energy’ and ‘Letter to Mother Earth’. I communicate
unseen energy in visual ways by tapping into highly conscious frequencies to present messages in subtle new ways. On a surface level, some of my
work may look simplistic and visually pleasing, yet once you delve into the meaning you may gain a deeper connection to universal frequencies and
my understanding of the immensity of the universe.
Secrets of the Universe - Neon
HU: We are well into Summer now, what do you have planned?
L.B: I'm about to move into a 4500 sq ft studio to create some large-scale commissions.
HU: What is your proudest moment as an artist?
L.B: Gosh, that’s a tough one as I'm grateful for so many moments. I pinch myself every time I do an installation at a major museum,
and it was an honour to be commissioned to do a 7.5 metre public neon installation by Croydon Council, yet, I got the biggest heart opening buzz
recently when I was invited to talk about creativity and my concept of ‘blue-sky-thinking’ at The Institute of Ideas and Philosophy, because I
really love inspiring others to light up their creativity.Lauren with her latest public neon installation in Croydon
Thank you for showing us around your studio Lauren.
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