Lauralee Benjamin is a NYC based illustrator and painter. She always has been interested in the ways women harness and express their sexuality. In her work, Lauralee explores the connections between sex, love, lust, pain, revenge and control, based on her own experiences. She uses images appropriated from pornography to hijack the patriarchal sentiments and flip them into feminist narratives.
KALTLBUT: Tell us about your creative background – when did you first start illustrating/what really pushed you to do so?
Lauralee: I’ve been drawing as a hobby since I was little, then I went to school for art and was able to enhance my technical skills. It was about 4 years ago that I really started pursuing art as a full-time thing. I was going through a breakup and it was a natural outlet.
KALTBLUT: What medium/tools do you feel most comfortable with when creating your work?
Lauralee: I’ll always prefer paper and pencil but a close second is felt tip markers.
KALTBLUT: Are your illustrations inspired by personal experiences or of friends/scenarios you know of?
Lauralee: My illustrations and paintings are almost always inspired by a real event or feeling