KZYX&Z’s Be More Now Features a conversation with Artist Lauren Sinnott
Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, February 2 when host Blake More interviews Mendocino County muralist Lauren Sinnott.
A blend of painting, process and artistic discovery, they’ll be discussing Lauren’s bright life and colorful contributions to the county’s urban landscape, including her block long county history mural in Ukiah and her most recent “From Finland to Fort Bragg” mural project in Fort Bragg.
A resident of the southern Mendocino coast since 1998, Lauren Sinnott is a working artist in an old-world manner: She paints pictures that are full of pattern and decoration, but also tell stories, often with portraits. She says she makes things that regular people need, like business signs, logos, and even a high school mascot on the basketball court floor. She learned to sew from her mom and grandma, which is always useful, not just to make her own clothes and create the Velvet Vulva line of purses, but also to hem pants and take prom dresses in.
She grew up in Wisconsin’s dairyland, in a creative, beatnik home. Her mom was an artist and illustrator and she copied her from before she was 2. An exchange year abroad in Belgium shaped her – there really is good coffee in the world! And houses that are 400 years old. At Rice University in Houston she got the training necessary to shape talent, in painting, but also art history. Her masters degree focused on the Renaissance and exposed her to art that was full of meaning, held symbols, had inscriptions, and told stories that people with a shared culture understood. That’s what she aims for now, using her sons and the people around her to populate the painted stage.
Her newest history mural, From Finland to Fort Bragg, illustrates the rich heritage of the many Finnish immigrants to this coastal northern California town.
For illustrated pictures of Lauren’s “Finland to Fort Bragg” mural, visit: https://historymural.com/finn/
This show originally airs at 7pm Thursday February 2, 2023 on KZYX&Z 90.7FM Philo, 88.1FM Fort Bragg, and 91.5FM Willits, as well as streams on the web www.kzyx.org.