(Japanese American, born 1984)
Lauren Iida specializes in intricately hand-cut paper artworks. She often also includes watercolor paints, ink washes, and shadow play. Much of Iida's work is influenced by Cambodia where she has been working on nonprofit and social entrepreneurship projects since 2008. Other influences include her family's Japanese American heritage, their incarceration during World War II, and her Pacific Northwest home.
Iida was born in Seattle and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 2014. She shares her time between Seattle and Siem Reap, Cambodia where, in addition to her own artistic practice, she leads art tours and operates the artist collective Open Studio Cambodia.