Nominated by Northern Illinois University Lauren McKee is a visual artists whose work is influenced by themes of nostalgia, necessity and cataloging. Through the use of pattern and imagery as a form of communication, McKee compares the past and the present. By dividing an existing image into two equal parts, she creates a double which displays the positive and negative result. This allows the work to posses a balance and flow that naturally guides the viewer around referential patterns communicating the basic needs - food, clothing, shelter, and self. Through the deconstruction and reassembling of imagery into pattern, the work plays with a combination of abstraction and realism, as vintage periods are juxtaposed with the present day. Lauren is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University. Image: Town House, Collage, 2013.