Ivy Leaf - Spring 2009

Monsters, heroes, and harpies oh my!

Artist in residence presents mystical and mythical works of art


Lauren Scanlon currently serves as the spring semester’s artist in residence for the college’s visual art studies program. She graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in anthropology and went on to receive her M.F.A. in print making from Ohio State University. Her exhibitions, which center on storytelling, have been presented in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maine. Her most recent work examines the roles of monsters and heroes in social narratives such as fairy tales and romance novels. Interested in the line between human and animal, and how monsters are created, perceived, and portrayed, Scanlon has been concentrating on harpies, sirens, and the fates from Greek mythology and the contemporary echoes of these archetypes. Her work was featured in the McLanahan Gallery in February and March.