Dream Catchers: Lauren Ross

During a discussion in the art theory course, “Feminist concepts in Studio Art and Media Studies,” Lauren Ross realized fully how the way she lives impacts other people. That type of “aha!” moment happens often at Scripps.

“I have learned to value diverse ways of discussing and learning and have realized the importance of living in a consciously engaged way,” she says.

Lauren turned these thoughts into art in her senior thesis project, titled “Meditation on Sanctity,” which addresses religious institutions and ethical living from a contemporary feminist theological perspective. Lauren began the project as a response to oppression perpetuated by traditional religious institutions. However, she says, it became a meditation on the fragility, universality, and sanctity of the human body.

Now, she is putting some of her ideas on ethical living into practice as she teaches special education in Los Angeles with Teach for America.