Lauren Pakradooni is primarily an object maker, printmaking is core to her practice. The artist utilizes etching, monotype and screenprinting to make works that sometimes exist as traditional prints, but also are used as components of her sculptural work. Pakradooni applies prints to the surface of constructed forms made from materials such as papier-mâché, wood, foam, acrylic, glass, plastic, plaster and fabric.
"I am consistently expanding and inventing new ways of using print techniques that experiment with implied dimension, low-relief, and sculptural applications of print media" says Pakradooni. "Imagery is screenprinted and then seamlessly applied to sculpted forms, to create trompe l'oeil or faux surface texture. Traditional intaglio and relief prints are embossed, giving the paper a sculptural quality that becomes visible in raking light."
The content of Pakradooni's work is derived from architecture and industrial design to create what she calls "a tenuous fantasy of half-constructed and half-collapsed forms and fragments." Many of her works resemble studies, models or debris, and appear to be fragments of larger built structures that are either coming into existence or crumbling away. The imagery of the prints adhered to the surface of these constructions often refers to building materials such as brick or stucco, further complicating the pieces while often obscuring what they are actually built from. Many of the core concerns of printmaking, including repetition, image construction through layering, and the use of mediated processes rather than direct mark making, are critical to her works.