Lauryn Arnott’s love of history and her drawing abilities earned her, the international art prize, the 2006 Association of Commonwealth Universities Art Prize in a competition titled “...a place in the world” , with her drawing titled Journey Home awarded by Nobel laureate author, John Coetzee.
Arnott belongs to a generation of artists challenged by a questioning of ‘Western Patriarchal’ artistic monopoly. Her work focuses on the debates of post-colonialism, fostering cross - cultural integration, refugees and globalisation. Given these thematic trajectories, Arnott draws upon her own intercultural experience to explore notions of mobility, whilst harnessing, then releasing, memories that cut across boundaries of culture, history and politics.
Lauryn Arnott was born in Kitwe, (Northern Rhodesia) Zambia, her childhood was divided between Northern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia and South Africa where she first hand saw the consequences of Colonial conflicts and its transitions. Whilst settling in Zimbabwe, she exhibited widely in the subcontinent, before the violent regime of Robert Mugabe forced her family to migrate to Australia in 2003.
Shaped by the flaws of difference and exclusion resultant from birth and migration, Arnott's recent works conveys the female body transcending its trembling interior giving form to those experiences which take place on the border between inside and outside - following her passion about ideas relating to the body, home and history, and her longstanding engagement with debates on identity, migration, gender and women’s histories.