They both arrived in Los Angeles on a quest for “something else”: Math Bass had made a short stop in Los Angeles for a performance and felt excited by the expansiveness and contrast to New York, where she grew up, and Lauren Davis Fisher similarly passed through while spending time in New Mexico and felt that LA could provide the kind of space she was looking for to grow her large scale sculpture and installation practice.
It was 2009, and Lauren’s first night in LA. She was attending a reading organised by a friend. There, she met Math. A few years later, they collaborated on one of Math’s performances. Since then, they have developed an ongoing dialogue that has been instrumental in the development of each of their practices. They each maintain their own studio, and they mostly exhibit their works separately, however, periodically, they carry out collaborative projects, and they discuss their work with each other constantly.
It’s always interesting to hear about how successful artists first started out…
LDF: I was making art even as a young child, and I was fortunate enough to have very supportive parents. They even converted our living room into a studio! You could say I began sculpting at age 11. I did it all the time. The basement was my treasure trove; I went down there to seek I inspiration and try things out. I worked with wax, clay, wood, and plaster. Since I lived in Boston, I had easy access to the big Museum of Fine Arts, and that’s also where I began taking art classes as a child. Everything there fascinated me, from the Egyptian artefacts to the classic and contemporary art. When I came to LA as an adult, I didn’t know anyone. But all the same, I was fortunate enough to meet a sculptor who was prepared to share a studio space with me. Eventually, I took over the whole studio, and I still use it to this day.
MB: I grew up in Queens. Later on, we moved out to Long Island, I was only about 30 minutes away from Manhattan and spent a lot of time in the city. I had a difficult time in school, and by the time I was in my last year of high school, the only place where I ever really spent any time was in the school’s art room.