Melbourne, Australia

Lauren Burrow, Temper (detail), 2019, tempered glass, eucalyptus resin, 12' 9 1⁄2“ × 18' 3 5⁄8”.

Lauren Burrow

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Bad moods, vagueness, reluctance to interpolate, deanthropomorphised mouth, antidepressed fish: This 2019 piece, whose title was spelled out neatly in permanent marker on horizontal bands of toilet paper mounted high on the gallery walls, announced the key terms of Lauren Burrow’s exhibition. Titled “Nuisance Flows,” it was oriented around the scientific analysis of the effects of antidepressants, not on humans, but on fish, whose environments have become subject to pharmaceutical pollution in recent years. Around the world, antidepressants are turning up in wastewater effluent, eventually making their way into aquatic ecosystems. When they are absorbed by fish, the result can be a reduction in predator-avoidance behavior and thus increased vulnerability. Burrow is committed to working with toilet water as an artistic material and concept, having first created ice sculptures in 2015 from

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