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LA-based artist brings Sirena to Tumon Bay

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Artist Lauren Youngsmith, also known as Lauren YS, has shown her work in galleries around the world in places such as Vienna, London, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. Her art is influenced by psychedelia, dreams, love, death and comic books.

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Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Youngsmith is pictured in front of her mural depicting the legendary mermaid, Sirena.  Photo by Dontana Keraskes/The Guam Daily Post

"I like sort of, more on the darker side of art," said the Los Angeles-based artist. "I like strong female characters. I like mythology, and I like spirits and ghost stories and stuff. I think darkness has power in it but it doesn't mean negativity."

She said she met some Guam artists during POW WOW! Hawaii a couple of years ago and finally managed to make the trip here this year.

"I've always wanted to come to Guam and it just worked out this year," she said. "I'm so grateful to be here because it's beautiful."

Lauren YS chose a local legend, the mermaid Sirena, as the inspiration for her mural on a beach-facing wall outside the Plaza Shopping Center in Tumon.

"I love the myth of Sirena because I like the idea of the young, rebellious girl who wants to stay out swimming and doesn't want to do her chores, because I kind of identify with that a little bit. I feel like we are all out swimming, chasing our passions and stuff, but also you've got to do your chores in order to keep your passion going. I love mermaids, I love painting mermaids, so this is perfect," she said.

Lauren YS said she hopes to return one day.

"Of course, absolutely. We're already planning it."

And she has already picked her next subject.

"I want to paint a boy merman."