Lauren Marx is an illustrator based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Since Lauren was a child she has been obsessed with animals: she spend a lot of time in the zoo and watching the National Geographic channel. In high school she expanded her interest with collecting bones, feathers and books and studying biology. The knowledge of anatomy and nature shows in Lauren’s intricate drawings: the animals are shown both in- and outside, and are all highly detailed. On her website Lauren explains:
“Cosmology, biology and anatomy have always been intriguing to me. My attraction to the topics have compelled me to find a way to create images that combine elements from these dissimilar fields to shape a universe that reflects my unique understanding of the Cosmos.
I have developed a symbolic cosmology where mammals represent nebulae, birds are the stars formed within the nebulae, and insects are the elements (or “dust”) created from exploding stars. My hope is that this symbolic representation allows the viewer to see these phenomena as a complete picture of an interacting Universe. Using these animals and insects, I am going to make my own “creation” myth of the Cosmos to parody current and past creation myths which are strongly reliant upon animals, to show how humans attempt to understand the epic intricacy of the Universe.”
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