Samantha Lautman presents a series of large-scale narrative drawings that depict densely populated, semi-urban landscapes. Each scene is filled with androgynous individuals, wearing similar clothing, all simultaneously engaged in a variety of ambiguous activities. Lautman’s straightforward black and white drawings serve as an allegory for a utopian world in which national, ethnic and religious differences have been solved. Her depiction of this new world order can be variously interpreted as naïve, optimistic or downright cynical. Lautman lives in Oakland and is a graduate of California College of the Arts.