Owen Laurion ( he/him )

Artist Statement

Owen’s artistic approach is rooted in topographies and becoming - a practice attuned towards embodiment, the sketch, and the unknown. Though often working through an expanded lens of sculpture, ceramics forms the foundation from which to synthesize disparate yet connected ideas, and allows entry to a visual language framed by a conjunctive attitude.  The work comes from the AND - a practice in both material and cultural collage. This attitude comes from a lifetime of close observation of the self, which is to say from an attunement with the social and encultured life where selves are not individual at all.  


Owen Marc Laurion (1988) was born and raised in New Hampshire. An interdisciplinary artist, he completed a BA in both Anthropology and Philosophy at the University of Rochester while taking independent studies in Ceramics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Owen later earned his MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Owen has exhibited nationally and participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the North Carolina Pottery Center, Starworks, the Iowa Center for Ceramics and Glass, Red Lodge Clay Center and Knox College. Owen presented a collaborative lecture with Deighton Abrams at the 2018 NECA, “Seeking Ethical Craft.” Owen has received the Robert Howe Fletcher Award for Sculpture (2015), was a Take Five Scholar (2010-11), awarded the Rush Rees Purchase Prize (2010) and in 2023 was awarded a Catalyst Grant from the Iowa Arts Council and NEA.