Fine Art & Therapeutic Portraiture by Lauren Herrmann

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Silver Shoes

Silver Shoes, a nod to the original Wizard of Oz stories, is a body of work I started during my Thesis year at UIC. I turned the documentary lens back onto myself, my family, and the cycles of life and death I had experienced growing up in the country. I was struck by the intrigue these images created for those who had lived in the city or suburbs all their lives. We take familiar landscapes for granted, and with each return trip to Kansas, I learned to hone in objectively on what the most interesting subject matter might be to an outsider looking in, while still retaining respect and reverence toward the subject matter. All images taken on my Mamiya 6 and Graphlex Super Graphic film cameras.

I have continued to add to this series for the past 10 years and expect that I will add to it for the rest of my life. If you are interested to know when I add more pieces to this body of work (about every 6 months), you can sign up for email updates or follow me on Instagram.

Scroll to view gallery. Available work from this series can be purchased here.

Origin. Spring, 2010.

Origin. Spring, 2010.

Artist Statement for Silver Shoes, 2010.

to arrive to where I was born
simultaneously with sister’s fruit
aflight on wings of silver shoes
tiny feet of mercury
dance with sunflares
circumambulate with urgency
a never-ending cycle
this fascination with light
outstretched through tree branches
particles dangle toes in cold creek water
hands carry stolen light through toxic fluids
through darkness
making sense of the process
of rude snow confusing robins
of a turtle crushed by a school bus
a limb crushed by a tractor
a door used as a gurney
bearing the weight of my grandfather
heavy as a son’s grief
I’m holding my history beneath this water
collections of dust
a pile of planks that was once a house
a hundred kitchen chickens
a shelf of ancestral tools
preserved for examination
a record of life
of everything in cycles
my mortality evidenced
in these rituals
walking through fields of ashes
we are all sensitive to light
each spring dead grass is burned away

all things return to their place of origin   

To Go Somewhere. Summer, 2009.

To Go Somewhere. Summer, 2009.

Kitschen. Spring, 2010.

Kitschen. Spring, 2010.

Ancestral Tools. Spring, 2010.

Ancestral Tools. Spring, 2010.

My Grandmother Insists She Can Still Tend to the Gardens [diptych left]. Summer, 2009.

My Grandmother Insists She Can Still Tend to the Gardens [diptych left]. Summer, 2009.

My Grandmother Insists She Can Still Tend to the Gardens [diptych right]. Summer, 2009. 

My Grandmother Insists She Can Still Tend to the Gardens [diptych right]. Summer, 2009. 

Uncle Bill. Spring, 2010.

Uncle Bill. Spring, 2010.

Gurney. Summer, 2010.

Gurney. Summer, 2010.

Turtle. Autumn 2009.

Turtle. Autumn 2009.

Fruit [diptych left]. Autumn 2009.

Fruit [diptych left]. Autumn 2009.

Fruit [diptych right]. Autumn 2009.

Fruit [diptych right]. Autumn 2009.

Childhood [diptych right]. Autumn 2009.

Childhood [diptych right]. Autumn 2009.

Childhood [diptych left]. Autumn 2009.

Childhood [diptych left]. Autumn 2009.

Tornado [diptych left]. Autumn, 2009. 

Tornado [diptych left]. Autumn, 2009. 

Tornado [diptych right]. Autumn, 2009.

Tornado [diptych right]. Autumn, 2009.

The Cats. Winter, 2009.

The Cats. Winter, 2009.

Lunch [dyptich left]. Summer, 2009.

Lunch [dyptich left]. Summer, 2009.

Why Do We Need 7 Jars of Pickles? [dyptich right]. Summer 2009.

Why Do We Need 7 Jars of Pickles? [dyptich right]. Summer 2009.

The China Cabinet. Winter, 2009.

The China Cabinet. Winter, 2009.

Dadstract Expressionism. Winter, 2009.

Dadstract Expressionism. Winter, 2009.

Swimming Pool. Winter, 2009.

Swimming Pool. Winter, 2009.

Camera on Camera Action. Winter, 2009

Camera on Camera Action. Winter, 2009

Christmas Morning. Winter, 2009.

Christmas Morning. Winter, 2009.

Teepee. Spring, 2009.

Teepee. Spring, 2009.

What's Left of the Swing and Apple Tree. Spring, 2009.

What's Left of the Swing and Apple Tree. Spring, 2009.

Miracle. Autumn, 2009.

Miracle. Autumn, 2009.

Living Room [diptych left]. Autumn, 2009.

Living Room [diptych left]. Autumn, 2009.

Living Room [diptych right]. Autumn, 2009.

Living Room [diptych right]. Autumn, 2009.

Hoarder's Shrug. Autumn, 2009.

Hoarder's Shrug. Autumn, 2009.

Morning Burn. Spring 2010.

Morning Burn. Spring 2010.

Fields of Ash. Spring, 2010.

Fields of Ash. Spring, 2010.

Renewal. Spring, 2010.

Renewal. Spring, 2010.

Robin. Spring Equinox, 2010.

Robin. Spring Equinox, 2010.

The House. Summer, 2010.

The House. Summer, 2010.

The Perfect Christmas Portrait. Winter, 2012.

The Perfect Christmas Portrait. Winter, 2012.

Chicken Dinner. Spring, 2010.

Chicken Dinner. Spring, 2010.

Hog Wrangler. Autumn, 2009.

Hog Wrangler. Autumn, 2009.

Work In Progress. Summer, 2012.

Work In Progress. Summer, 2012.

Learning About Death [diptych left]. Spring, 2013.

Learning About Death [diptych left]. Spring, 2013.

Learning About Death [diptych right]. Spring, 2013.

Learning About Death [diptych right]. Spring, 2013.

School House. Autumn, 2012.

School House. Autumn, 2012.

Maternal Grandparents. Autumn, 2012.

Maternal Grandparents. Autumn, 2012.

Kitschen Revisited. Summer, 2013.

Kitschen Revisited. Summer, 2013.

Full of Light. Summer, 2013.

Full of Light. Summer, 2013.

Spill. Spring, 2013.

Spill. Spring, 2013.

Gone. Summer, 2013.

Gone. Summer, 2013.

Selene Family Heirlooms. Summer, 2013.

Selene Family Heirlooms. Summer, 2013.

End of an Era. Autumn, 2013.

End of an Era. Autumn, 2013.

The Beginning. Summer, 2013.

The Beginning. Summer, 2013.

Save Your Money. Autumn, 2013.

Save Your Money. Autumn, 2013.

Papaw. Autumn, 2013.

Papaw. Autumn, 2013.

Bearer Feet. Autumn, 2013.

Bearer Feet. Autumn, 2013.

Wedding Photographers. Spring, 2014.

Wedding Photographers. Spring, 2014.

Side Garden. Spring, 2014.

Side Garden. Spring, 2014.

Red Bird Waits. Winter, 2015.

Red Bird Waits. Winter, 2015.

Red, bearded songbird
Chirping, he waits on a high branch
Just now... she joins him

Flowers. Spring, 2015.

Flowers. Spring, 2015.

Rat Nests Everywhere. Spring, 2015.

Rat Nests Everywhere. Spring, 2015.

Reflection on Being 5-Years Old. Spring, 2015.

Reflection on Being 5-Years Old. Spring, 2015.

Bed Frame. Autumn, 2017.

Bed Frame. Autumn, 2017.

House Hold. Summer, 2010.

House Hold. Summer, 2010.

The Calm After. Autumn, 2017.

The Calm After. Autumn, 2017.

Post-Processing [diptych left]. Summer, 2017.

Post-Processing [diptych left]. Summer, 2017.

Post-Processing [diptych right]. Summer, 2017.

Post-Processing [diptych right]. Summer, 2017.

Parentless with Cat. Autumn, 2017.

Parentless with Cat. Autumn, 2017.

Rock Collection.  Autumn, 2017.

Rock Collection.  Autumn, 2017.

The Flock. Spring, 2020.

The Flock. Spring, 2020.

Transplant. Spring, 2020.

Transplant. Spring, 2020.

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