LAUREN RUIZ conceptually addresses ecological contamination, the excavation of natural resources, and the corrosive effects of human activity. Her research currently focuses on the amount of artificial plastics that exist within the human body at a cellular level, and on water scarcity and its relation to civil unrest. She is a mixed media artist working within apocalyptic narratives and dystopian environments. Her current practice uses fiction as a form of critical investigation and critique. She received a Bachelor of Science in Fine Art and Film Production at Hofstra University in 2012. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts at Stony Brook University. She has held positions at Gallery Sensei and Takashi Murakami’s production studio, Kaikai Kiki LTD. and currently teaches undergraduate courses at Stony Brook University. She lives and works on Long Island, New York.