Lauren Keeley uses methods of layering and a reduced style of composition to create works which are both traditional but definitively contemporary. Keeley's work stems from the act of painting but manages to span multiple genres with her trademark minimal approach to making work. The artist plays tricks on her viewers through a variety of media, including intricate wooden cut-outs, fabric, paper, and photographic printing processes. She manipulates each material and its relationship to the surrounding composition to create optical illusions in both two and three dimensions. Each “image”, which is as much a sculpture as a mixed-media collage, resonates with a sense of contemplative mystery cast by Keeley’s use of starkly contrasted colors and lighting. With parts of their scenes often extending beyond the frame, each work comes to feel like a single moment within a larger narrative.