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Lauren’s intricate hand-cut artworks depict everyday objects — electric fans, reading glasses, playing cards, etc. — to create magical webs of recollection. They are “traps,” and they all tell a story. Much of Iida's work is influenced by Cambodia where she has lived for many years working on various non-profit and social entrepreneurship projects beginning in 2008. Other major influences include her family's Japanese American heritage and incarceration during WWII and her Pacific Northwest home of Seattle, Washington.
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