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Mansions of The Mind

“Some use Ink, I confide in Silver”
Lauren E. Simonutti

Quote by Lauren E. Simonutti

“ The misfirings of my beloved/despised mind that conspire to convince me to destroy all have rendered me housebound and led to a solitary life. A creature of past, proof, memory and imaginary friends, I am aware enough to know the things I see and hear are not real, but that does not mean I do not still see and hear them.”

Forewordby techgnotic

For a very long time Lauren Simonutti's haunting photographs were a spectral presence amongst the deviantART community, as emulators sought to discover and replicate the mysterious processes of the uncommunicative artist. They could not have known that an unceasing physical and mental anguish was the key engine driving her artistic achievement, an inner pain that could never be duplicated.

It was shortly after she had agreed to be interviewed by techgnotic about her life and her art that she passed away, her unbroken silence proceeding with her onto her next plane of existence.

Ellen Herbert, owner of NEAT Production, a company specializing in all aspects of art production services and tools, is a longtime admirer of the work of Lauren E. Simonutti, a.k.a. lauren-rabbit. Ellen has written this appreciation of the artist as a special guest correspondent for depthRADIUS. She has worked on the deviantART Stock Project and is a lecturer at Art Institute and ACCD. A bit of a different career in photography, her creative guidance has allowed her to work on everything from ad campaigns to Academy Award winning documentaries. Let's welcome her to the depthRADIUS.

Mansions of the Mindby ellenherbert

What made Lauren Simonutti spend three and a half years, withdrawn from society, working alone in an initially dilapidated house that she converted—every corner, every nook, every stairway, used to stage frightening and preposterous and wonderful events—into a series of photographic tableaux?

These darkly configured dreamscapes contain phantoms of her own making—clocks frozen, sometimes double exposed, glass eyeballs, bedsheets stung with the sun, mini-ziggurats of prescription pill bottles—and, in most, she becomes her own phantom, the subject at the center of this seemingly supernatural world.


By her own account, it seems to have been a way to try and introduce some sense of “silence” into her life, some measure of artistic control over the voices that continually echoed through her head.

As she describes:

“ I began to hear voices. Three of them, quite distinct. Two are taunting and the third voice is mine, as I have heard it externally, on a tape recording or answering machine. That voice has some reserve, it seldom makes itself heard. The others are a constant. They all live in my right ear which rather makes sense as I spontaneously went deaf in that ear a decade ago and it has been vacant ever since. As time and treatment progressed they have stopped screaming and contribute only a dull murmur. Except at bedtime, at bedtime they like to sing.”

Before her death in 2012, Simonutti suffered from bipolar and schizoaffective disorder, and in a short period of time from 2006 produced an incredible array of haunting photographs that reflected (and shattered into different reflections, like the mirrors that she sometime used) the mind of a woman who tried to balance the chaos of creativity with the chaos of her thoughts, and try to seemingly find a defining organizational coping mechanism in both.

Simonutti’s process was to stage still-lives and memento moris for her camera, often appearing as the disembodied subject within her own mindscapes. Colluding with her own visions, externalizing them into negatives, she danced with herself in the ghostly double-exposures of her set-pieces. Her process, though, wasn’t yet finished; these were just the first iterations of her compulsions. Working both in camera, and then in darkroom, Simonutti re-manipulated her photographs by individually toning them, obsessively (which she acknowledged, with a wry sense of humor and self-awareness that she was maybe being a bit “obsessive”), until she had images that she could collate into a small series of extremely limited-edition hand-bound books.

The three books that Simonutti produced are more tactile than even the misleadingly dense surfaces of the prints. Inlaid with delicate papers suffused with rose petals—symbols of both joy and memorializing—her prints sit, glued to the surface, and adopt the mien of a kind of psychic scrapbook; chaotic but beautiful, intimate but sometimes incomprehensible. Each book was color-coded: one blue for “memory”; one rose petals red for “passion”; the third yellow for “hope and promise.”

writer's block

By The Catherine Edelman Gallery

That Simonutti, in collaboration with the Catherine Edelman Gallery (who first discovered her work, and wanted to bring it to a wider audience), invested in books with print runs of, sometimes no more than 43 copies, is a production process that contains its own internal logic: after all, here was a woman whose mental illness catalyzed her alienation of most of her close friends and family, so such small runs seem, somehow, appropriate.

Inner Pages

Instead, discretely sending out her books that she punched and combed-bound herself—via outlets such as deviantART—she might, perhaps, have preferred that unknowable intimate connection with a mail order stranger; opening her book, feeling the infused paper on their fingertips, the lovely binding, ringing the tiny bells, attached, so that the buyer, like her, would not know what silence is. Dark feathers allude to her compulsion with, unsurprisingly, Edgar Allan Poe.

The final touch, again demonstrating her self-awareness and fortitude with her condition, was a spare book band, labeled, as she put it, “...should the first one break.” Fragility within strength.

Luckily, for the rest of us who are unlikely to ever see these rare editions, Simonutti’s prints are just as visceral as her books.

Curtain Call

Her inventory covers more than what was printed in her volumes (and, prior to her death, she was planning a new spirit series of images). Overall, it’s a stunning and compulsive series of suites that are protean, and disturbing, and mesmerizing. Certain images of Simonutti, as subject, elicit a Victorian-era milieu, of bourgeoise seances (and certainly her double-exposed ghost figures hover within home-scale proscenium arches); but also of those staged scientific photographs in which male doctors dressed troubled women in white robes so as to better ‘prove’ their hysteria. Simonutti, whilst playing with such references, also has a much clearer sense that she is the one, this time, doing the manipulating; she is the one exploring her own sense of her fractured self. She is the enabler that exerts control and makes the decisions, in her images; not some third party quack, or caregiver, or a frustrated relative disappearing into silent disapproval.


here there be monsters

at night they still remember u

Simonutti’s legacy lives on, after her death; but amidst the terror (because there is terror), and the magic, and the wonder of her images, it’s important to understand how pure her photographs truly are.

In a world where, for more than a century, artists have purposefully played with their own manufactured personas as an integral part of their artwork—from the provocations of Dali, the cold winking contempt of Koons, and even the distancing ironic refractions of Cindy Sherman—Simonutti never had this arms’ length luxury, this freedom to posture outside of herself. She was always inside herself, even when she wanted to get out.

Maybe this is one reason why Simonutti has struck such a chord within the community of deviantART artists. Her account page lauren-rabbit is filled with comments on her passing. One in particular stands out:

“ I really hope you find a way as a spirit into images visible to us given your late interest in that subject! Would be so wonderful.”

which is one of many.

The tragedy of Simonutti is not her art (that is her triumph); but that she sometimes seemed to have endured a solitude that, as much as it drove her art, maybe also contributed to her feelings of alienation, (as much as she also seems to have needed it). Maybe the truth is also that, without those voices in her ear, she would not have been able to access her inner spirit to produce works of such resonance. All artists, after all, like to think that there is a little madness in them, a sense that they are swimming against a stream of conformity, and find themselves, thankfully, alone in the blank canvas of their studio...

The only certainty is that Simonutti used her own conditions to make work of lasting inspirational value to many others. Maybe she was happy to be isolated in her workshop/sanctuary; not least because she had enough voices in her head already, and assistants and sycophants might have gotten in the way of her art. Simonuti remained alone in her dilapidated house, restoring it, and herself, one room of the mind at a time.

the pendulum swings


the captive of all her vices

trial + error


Sixth year-me, myself + I

Artist Talk with Lauren E. Simonutti (2010)from Catherine Edelman Gallery

QuestionsFor The Reader

  1. What feelings are provoked within you when viewing Lauren’s art? Mystic wonder? Sadness? Alienation and loneliness? A sense of reconciliation with the physical corruption of death? Claustrophobia and release?
  2. Lauren worked almost entirely in a traditional process – no photoshop or other digital trickery. Just camera and darkroom. Does this add value or a greater “validity” to her work as fine art? Why or why not?
  3. Have you personally ever been an artist in crisis or sought to help an artist who was suffering with overwhelming personal demons? What do you think is the best advice for artists on the edge, and for those trying to pull them back from that edge?
  4. Do you think there is a danger in being too isolated with your art and letting no one else be a part of the process of your creativity and execution of your art? Do you find you need the community of other artists or supporters to be able to face your daily duties as a struggling artist and functioning human?

What made Lauren Simonutti spend three and a half years, withdrawn from society, working alone in an initially dilapidated house that she converted—every corner, every nook, every stairway, used to stage frightening and preposterous and wonderful events—into a series of photographic tableaux?

Designers: marioluevanos
Resources: dark-dragon-stock
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Special Thanks to Ms. Catherine Edelman from The Edelman Gallery for permissions to use the video.

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Rodartriguez Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014   Artisan Crafter
one theme ... not much colors...    all I can think of is ...  she mastered the art of emotional personal depression and made pictures of   .....
pablo1981 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
me recuerda la poesía de Alejandra Pizarnik…
Es una pequeña muestra de la poeta...sus poemas muestran un desgarramiento terrible...
CreativeSoul007 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
All of this is hauntingly beautiful. Amazing work.
SalmonSoul Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Her work reminds me a lot of Francesca Woodman's. It's so sad to have a great mind like this, only to be doomed to isolation and an eternal battle with your own self...
mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
this is beautiful,  haunting and sad. i'm am just sad she was so isolated. 
GladeFaun Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As someone who has faced his personal demons, I can vouch for the power art can lend you in understanding and (for me) making peace with them. I won't say vanquish as for me they haven't left, we've simply come to an understanding. And my art (literary, visual and musical) plays an important part in that.
Lauren's story is incredibly touching, and wishing to sound presumptuous I feel like I know and understand a little of what she went through. I feel privileged to have seen the above.
Thank you for putting this article together.
ansdesign Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing journal...
Thank you so much for sharing. :heart:
TheBlackRose88 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Wow, so many thoughts & emotions ran through me watching this. Firstly how sad & lonley, for everyone to just abandon her like that to suffer her deamons alone :( The photo of her looking at past friends/family member's images on the walls in particular got to me. She was both filled with longing & dispare from being so isolated :( It's strange, almost cruel, how great talent/beauty is created through such suffering & torment. Her images are insiteful & autobiographal yet also have a haunting edge which will effect each viewer differently based on his or her own emotions/state of mind at the time, whether they are feeling 'normal' or sad/angry ect themselves. Plus I love how she used 'old school' techniques to add to the haunting/emotionally dark feel of her photos. It makes them much more personal & effective, as she said you can never repeat the same photo twice with the dark room process, so each photo is literally artwork of her own making, instead of relying on computer software to do it. It's such a shame that I've only just discovered her now, as I would have liked to follow her work & even buy her photo books....Rest In Peace.
Staratopia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Wow this is Amazing, and gives a new outlook on life and possibly social interactions. I really enjoyed going through this journal entry and plan to revisit this sometime in the future, many  times in fact.
ValentinaKaquatosh Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is truly inspiring.  Makes me love her work even more.  
niefea Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
This is... beyond words. Every so often in a blue moon we are graced with an artist who strikes us deeply, as Lauren Simonutti did.
GREENMiracle89 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Photographer
her soul is Immortal in right way
is amazing to see it
Wyrdhaven Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Having just looked through her gallery a bit, I'm a little confused by the dramatic claim of her uncommunicative silence & isolation. Comment replies on her work are MUCH more common than on the pages of many of DA's most popular, and there are mentions of meeting other artists for events, friendships kept & cultured, conversations held over time and distance.
She was obviously troubled (not uncommon here), but uncommunicative isn't the word I would use unless I was a cut throat publicist seeking to profit off of her death.

Shame, techgnotic for exploiting her, without honoring the friendships and fans she reached out to and embraced. If you wanted dramatic, cover the car accident, or her mentioned recurring illnesses, or admit that her books were quite cheap, and say you're sorry you didn't do an article to get her more attention (and sell more of her work) before she died.

But don't paint her in tragic silence, as that robs her of the sweet quiet voice I see calling out from her account. If only more of us had had the chance to see her work and hear that voice replying to OUR comments while she lived....
frogwah Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
You are right Dreaming Dragon Design - Lauren was not isolated and forgotten/abandoned. She had many friends all over the world. She travelled to Australia to visit and stay with me numerous times before she died. I would communicate with her nearly every day, as did numerous of her close friends. She was prolific and active online across many forums. She loved engaging with people and talking about her work - she was a great mentor and inspiration to so many artists, me included. She became one of my best friends in the years before she died. Her loss is felt deeply because she WAS so connected with those who knew her and cared about her.
silvervixis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
thank you for this - much to my dismay, I never knew of her work until today. I am very glad to have "stumbled" on it and it reinforces my personal belief that people with mental and physical differences are here with us to give us a gift - a very different POV.
ShtGnRmance Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

    1.       The feelings that provoke from within me while viewing Lauren’s  art are the same with most. Open mind. I am. It could be many things that she could be feeling, but only she will know. I would say… from what I see in the pictures, she is trying to share to the world, how she see things. Not just from her eyes, but from her mind. Sadness… maybe… we all have it… but I think more so… just like it said… solitude. Maybe the solitude wasn’t plotted out… but was just what time and place gave her. For a world of someone with feelings, of such disorders and them put on tons of meds can make one want to be solitude to the world.  Everyone, in ways, would like to leave something behind… and I think that is what she wanted… was to leave something behind, to show the world a part of her world. In other words, it makes me feel, like she was telling me, a little about how she saw the world around her, and how she felt.  (like some, she looked bored, or like she couldn’t speak. Etc)

    2.       I believe that since her work is traditional, it should have much more value. For people of these times do not take the time to do old school things….Though there is much to do with what we have these days… but, if you were to just ask anyone to do that with just a camera would they know how? I know I have played around when I was a kid with my camera and overlapped pictures; I loved the outcome of them. And I didn’t even know what I did at the moment until I realized the pictures within them.

    3.       I think at times… when you look back, you can see everyone might be an artist in crisis… Have I’ve been seen that I have had things going on in my life… I would think so in my very young years. Almost like drawing or painting to music, you can sometimes see the changes…  in the moods. I know I would put hidden words in stuff and little pictures for things that many only some might know the meaning of. I think the best advice for an artist with any kind of disorder… is… never stop doing art… because art sometimes… is all you have… music… drama /acting/ writing… poems/songs… drawing… painting… etc etc etc… making clothes…. Moving stuff around in the room so it looks cool… whatever it may be… even cooking… art is all around… everyone has it in them… you can find it… if you let yourself. But just never give up on it… because you will see that it helps  you in the darkest of times. 

    4.       I do not think there is danger in being too isolated with your art and letting no one else see… because if you think about it… what if she wasn’t an artist? All that stuff still would be in her head… in her mind… in her thoughts… maybe her art…. Was saving her… longer… sometimes… I can’t get any art work done if people are around…

Tomboyjet777 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's exactly how i think gosts could lived. An environment of lost and perdition, they know there's light but they can't see it. My defenition of psychose.
luckylindell Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
This is a beautifully designed tribute. I wish that I'd known of Lauren and her work sooner, but am inspired by her work. 
Ferntear Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Very thought provoking art. It is very beautiful.
VaranusNiloticus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She will be sorely missed u_u
divinerogue1991 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
R.I.P Lauren, your art will continue to inspire many such as myself, your legacy shall never end.Clap Waaaah! Huggle! Love in the Air Heart Love Butterfly Free avatar Hummingbird free avatar Clapping Pony Icon - Flutterbat Tiger Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] get some Gallery Floating Bounce 
KatCardy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
how sad… does anyone know how Lauren died? :( 
kindlight Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Yes, she took her own life.
frogwah Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2016
Disturbing to read people speculating on how Lauren died. It has never been stated in any public way what her cause of death was. Shame on you for guessing and then publishing it!
kindlight Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
I apologize. I hadn't realized the cause of death was unspoken. When I wrote that answer two years ago, the Texas State University gallery was just announcing an upcoming exhibition of The Devil's Alphabet, and their description said "In 2006, after she was diagnosed with rapid cycling, mixed-state bipolar with schizoaffective disorder, she turned her camera on herself and the space in which she lived to beautifully chronicle the mental illness that would eventually take her life." That is less ambiguous than the "due to complications from her illness" line I see elsewhere, but both seem to have been written by Catherine Edelman, manager of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, who knew and worked closely with Simonutti. Given her work and interviews, and public struggles against her mind, it seemed obvious, and nothing to be ashamed of, but I admit I know nothing with 100% certainty. The books of hers I have--"31 visual attempts at a justification for suicide," "Drowning, not waving," "8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds & 199 panes of glass," "The Devil's Alphabet," "The Madness is the Method"--are all profound and open explorations of her situation and as she said:

Sometimes the difference between living and dying is just a little bit.

Sometimes the difference between living and dying is just a sigh.

Over (five) years I have spent alone amidst these 8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds and 199 panes of glass. And this is what I saw here. This is what I learned. I figure it could go one of two ways- I will either capture my ascension from madness to as much a level of sanity for which one of my composition could hope, or I will leave a document of it all, in the case that I should lose. — Lauren E. Simonutti
RJL7983 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
How did she commit suicide?
kindlight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I don't know the details. In April 2012, she had had three "inexplicably unsuccessful" attempts to end her life already. Hidden in that remarkable little fragile wreck of a Baltimore row house, she was dealing with endless betrayal by her body and "beloved/despised mind." She was 44, brilliant, and terribly broken.

For those who would like to hold a book of her work, I found one could still order a few items (POD, not the handmade editions, of course), notably her most recent book from Blurb:…
I assume nobody will ever pick up the artist's royalties from copies ordered posthumously, but I still bought one.
RJL7983 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Thank you for explaining although I knew a lot, most of all thank you for the link to this.
KatCardy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
oh dear.. I feared that might have been the case, but didn't want to assume. :( 
MREcartoonist Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is normally what happens to people with schizophrenia. It is a illness that gets worse and worse. Medication only helps for a certain amount of time before the victim can no longer fight the voices and they give in to whatever the voices are saying; which ultimately leads them to end their life. They just lose all sense of reality and think they are doing one thing, but in reality are doing something that is totally different than what they are actually doing.
It is considered a terminal mental illness because of this. :<
nigel3 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
1. Her work moves me in many ways, what is most interesting is the sense of story conveyed in a single image. Each image is haunting and while they evoke similar feelings, for me they are not the same, each has a blend of sadness, mystery, or tension.  Some photographs that people take are reproductions of what they eye saw at the time of the click, other photographers are able to capture the feelings and mood of what they felt at the time of the click.  This work not only falls into the latter category but seems to take it one step further and portray both a sense of emotion and also story.  I find myself inventing what came before and after in each scene.  To some extent this is created by the dark room manipulation, so adding to what was seen by changing light, colour and maybe adding by layering or burning in.

2. It's hard to know what is meant by digital trickery.  Unless the image is presented as the camera captured it then it is all photographic trickery to some extent.  Digital software is just a simpler process that replaces chemicals and light.  However, it is no doubt more difficult to utilize traditional dark room processes and do it well, personally I am always impressed to find someone who can master that.   On the other hand I image there millions of images from people all over the world that were created in a darkroom that are not great works of art.  So for me, the status of fine art is really the end product of image and processing no matter how it was derived.

3. No, not an artist.

4. I think that there is a case for both.   Personally i learn by interacting with people and getting feedback and even giving feedback.  The value of a site like Deviantart is that you can interact with wonderfully talented people from all over the globe with varied backgrounds and experience.  My growth over the past few years has been attributable to the feedback that I recieve but also by watching others develop and invent.  However, there are also times when I just have to go away and be alone and work through ideas or challenges.  The trick for me, and I think others that I have met, is to find the balance between self and community.  Maybe that is true for people in general.


I love this work, it moves me in a way that is almost cinematic.  I find myself wondering as I look at them as to what I can learn from them and about myself, just from the images and feelings I mean. I also am fascinated by the work itself and catch myself wondering how I could duplicate some of those techniques and the her ability to create movement and emotion with light. 

I suppose that while I would love to own one of these works, I likely would not place it on a wall, for me the haunting aspect of the work would likely be far too disturbing to see on a daily basis, well maybe late at night.  Which as I think about it, is an incredible testament to the artists ability to create a powerful image and mood.

Truly sorry that this Artists has left us.
productno49 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sometimes death is the only rest for people with such illnesses..if hell can exist somewhere its really in the mind.
BrenCartoons Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
everyone with mental illness can be helped even if not all can be cured
Kris-L-H Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I don't think it's dangerous at all
deadmantwice Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
sometimes i think i am a voice in my head...

maybe she is the sane person, all the rest of the people wander outside themselves "afraid" of what they might find inside. she found herself and hersel can only but be beautifull...
TheArtofLiz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
1. Her work makes me feel sadness and loneliness 
2. Her work is amazing to do the affects by hand in a dark room its incredible and hard I once tried old dark room photography and its hard ,yet beautiful. I consider her art Fine art
3. I have been a artist in crisis for a long time suffering from depression its not easy but art is and has been my escape for years sometimes using depression as inspiration my advice for artists who are going through something really hard is get help from a friend a family member talk with someone .
4.It depends being alone with your art can give you great ideas but isolate yourself and not let no one in then yes it can be dangerous

RIP Lauren ~
JAG-McRae Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I feel sadness, bitterness and lonliness. I am often reminded of my own personal struggles and can really connect with her pain.
2. I think it doesn't necessarily "validate" her processes, but it definitely demonstrates her uncanny talent and abilities.
3. I was once in complete crises mode and my art had literally saved my life and restored my sanity to some degree ( ha ha). The best that one can do to exorcise their own demons is to aggressively involve themselves in their work.
4.  Isolation is neccesary for every artist to complete their own work, but to what degree a person requires isolation is entirely dependant on the individual. There is no right or wrong in that aspect.
sexualCarnivorefaery Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
truly amazing and inspirational. may her beauty never die <3
Tigrero Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Answers, for the reader.

1. The images convey "the art of disappearing completely".
2. Validity, is entirely communicated by the images.
3. I have no advice.
4. There might be danger in all endeavors. No less in those we share.

Thx for sharing. :)
randomaxes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
i used to watch her, but honestly, knowing a little bit about her and the content of her work, it became too disturbing for me to continue.  i suppose that makes me weak or pathetic from a creative perspective, but so be it.  it saddens me to know she's gone.
tavie89 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is eerily and terrifyingly stunning... This artwork seems so unreal and unearthly. This woman had a blessing and a curse. This is something you'd see from an artist way back in the years... All I can say is wow wow wow.
I feel her emotions seeping through her work... Madness and pure genius.        
myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
I absolutely loved her work!  the presentation above is wonderful and enlightening.  I knew she was 'troubled' but had no idea of the entire story.  Thank you.  I hope she has gone on to a better place... and situation.
Witchouse Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is wonderful<3
shridevi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Vintage, haunting, disturbing, honest and God bless that soul, her state of mind could be seen through these photographs
FJolliff Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you have ever felt a deep base vibrating inside of your chest, then you will understand how these images make me feel. They are not scary, creepy, dark. To me, her work screams innocence. Innocence and pain.
Sascha90 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
1. To me, these pictures are terrifying, but beautiful all at the same time. 

2. The fact that she did this without a digital program is amazing. It does give a greater validity to her work, as most photographic art these days are touched up with programs like Photoshop. 

3. I can personally say that I have been an artist in crisis, always constantly fearing that my artwork "isn't good enough" and that I have no place as an artist. To anyone in my place, I would suggest to keep going despite your fears, as those who love you will always be there to support you when you feel inadequate. 

4. Yes, definitely yes. Ever since an incident in elementary school in which I was sent to a psychologist about my, at the time, morbid drawings, I was afraid to show anyone my art. As a result, throughout middle school and high school, I would hunker over my work, and refuse to show my drawings to anyone, fearing that I would receive that same reaction from before. 
It wasn't until I started dating my boyfriend, and found a mentor in my high school art teacher, that I became less ashamed of my work. 
So yes, being within a community of artists can help in facing life as an artist.
RavenNeverm0re Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I have a lot of personal demons, being schizophrenic myself, and can relate to this inhumed artist.  Rest in peace, and blesséd be, Lauren Simonutti.
Whitelili123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 Think she'll be fine in the afterlife.
rodger10 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Thanks for the article. It gives me much food for thought about my life and what part does my art play in it. Blessing to everyone.
Whitelili123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very sad that such a wonderful artist died in a peaceful yet beautiful passing
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