LAUREN OSTROWSKI FENTON

Lauren Ostrowski Fenton, “the Whispering Mother”, runs an ASMR and wellness YouTube channel with over 3 million views. ASMR is a genre of YouTube “therapy” where YouTubers use sounds, words and role play to trigger a tingly, calming response in viewers.


If you are visiting the One Million Views exhibition site, this is the soundtrack for Tiyan Baker's "Portrait of Lauren Ostrowski Fenton"

If you are visiting the One Million Views exhibition site, this is the soundtrack for Xanthe Dobbie's "Portrait of Lauren Ostrowski Fenton"

Lauren showed me where she usually films her ASMR videos: in her walk-in closet, as it has the best sound insulation. Here she is cocooned away from the mayhem of her household, which she runs alone as a single mother.

Portrait of Lauren Ostrowski-Fenton (2016), based on Lorenzo Lotto’s “Madonna of the Rosary” (1539)

In this digital portrait, Lauren Ostrowski-Fenton replaces the figure of the Madonna, representing the ultimate “mother”. This work aims to encapsulate Lauren’s uber-calm, meditative, and, for some viewers, potentially unsettling online persona. Above her are various incarnations of ASMR tools used on her channel.