Lara Karadoğan

Based in Providence, RI until she moves to NYC in 2023. Graduating from the Brown | RISD dual degree program, with a BFA in Painting from RISD & AB in Modern Culture & Media from Brown.



Tile relief paintings that test the accessibility of images across carved clay surfaces. I sync histories of Islamic tiling and language translation tablets onto clay networks. Fluorescent gradients run under painted landscapes, charging the circulation of images. Tracking moments of overlap between my Turkish, Spanish, and English languages, I seek the shared shape of a word. The oversaturation of recognizable symbols form patterns that span across paintings, lifting into an infrastructure of varying visual speeds. Each tile is the anticipated shadow of a future output.

Image hierarchies come from a database I invented with a formula that inputs any combination of letters, such as “and,” to generate words that contain that base-pair in Turkish, Spanish, and English. Each base-pair is the connective tissue, the symbolic vessel that closes the perceived distance between images. Random and vague images are inherently encoded together through a thread of sincerity. This romantic linkage is the act of an image accepting its surface.

Argument for unlinked objects with opposing histories to share space. Beyond the seduction of looking, the tiles whisper introductions to one another, rotating around their shared origins. The painted image and its carved counterpart meet each other at different speeds, demanding a slowness in looking.

Oil on clay relief



Silverpoint etching
on paper
all smaller than 10 x 10 in


Wax Charms

Wax Charms is crafting sculptural candles for the internet generation. The label frames found internet images onto candles whose timelines of information are lost as they melt.

Available at SSENSE, Walker Art Museum, Gimaguas, Miaou, Maimoun, & more

July 2021-Now

The Mark

Editor-in-Chief and Layout Editor of The Mark magazine, schoolwide print publication. Set up a flexible system between covers and the table of contents.

Godfrey Dadich Partners
Brand Intern

GDP is a design agency focused on supplying an increasingly distracted audience with relevant and strategic stories through journalism, animation,marketing, and design. Found the leading typeface for PROTOCOL, the sister company of POLITICO that covers the people, power, and politics of tech. Helped execute projects with varying lifespans, from innovative instagram animations to longer client relationships, witnessing the strategy behind brand research and material archives. Worked with clients including Apple News, National Geographic, Abstract: The Art of Design Netflix Series, and Joe Coffee.
San Francisco, CA
July-August 2019