Monday, December 3, 2018

Into the Forest on the Edge of Light


digital photographs 
in the pine forest 
into the forest on the edge of light 
12 x 12" on cold press paper
watercolor and ink
reverberation 
12 x 12" on cold press paper
watercolor and ink
 flicker 
12 x 12" on cold press paper
watercolor and ink
pulse
12 x 12" on cold press paper
watercolor and ink 
walking further into the forest
12 x 12" on cold press paper 
watercolor and ink

A series of paintings with the forest as muse. The final piece directly above was included in a 10th Anniversary Show Fundraiser and Live Auction at The Front

These paintings are a part of a touchscreen and paper odyssey that Lara created through the mode of Instagram. The digital and physical remix took the form of a grid that she created in these media. This scrolling art is a meditation on the landscapes of the 21st Century. Her surfaces are studies of and in these unfolding landscapes, topographies etched over time.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Arts New Orleans









Live improvisational paintings for Arts New Orleans,
an art + culture pop-up event in Duncan Plaza

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Costume

Electric Palm Mask
hand painted mask




The Moth
 hand -fabricated iridescent fabric and copper electrical wire wings 
with gold painted mask



The Cherry Tree
Hand-fabricated branch headpiece
 and cherry blossom cape 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Spark




Unfurl 
oil on 30 x 40" canvas

  I spent the year creating art on the edge of an abandoned cherry orchard. The landscape inspired paintings and mixed media work in a variety of sizes, including the series, Orchard. The painting above was chosen to be part of the exhibition Spark. The show was sponsored by the Northport Art Association and Freenjoy, the producer who received a 2017 Grammy award for BeyoncĂ©'s Formation video. 


Monday, January 1, 2018

The Endless Cherry Orchard: Overflow





Overflow
found electrical wire, graphite, oil, fabric on
30 x 30" deep cradle wood panel 

Orchard RE-Vision. I volunteered to be part of a social justice project called The Endless Orchard in New Orleans. This meant planting fruit trees throughout the city, accessible to everyone. It is a project designed to provide the urban neighborhoods with a shared resource and to create space for connection. "We believe that cities could be like communal gardens," write the creators of this Fallen Fruit alternative orchard based on ecology, food justice, and community. We also planted trees in the Lower Ninth Ward in the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland, an area that needs replanting because of the severe wetland loss. Fruit is a transcultural symbol of sharing, and the citywide orchard of 300 trees will be free for all to pick. The Orchard revivified. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Orchard

A series of paintings, drawings, & digital photographs, as well as one paper and touchscreen handscroll; a multimedia exhibition. I translated this artwork through the orchard, a haunted and complex space that has a long tradition in artistic, political, agricultural, and mythological landscapes. Now a place of rebirth and revision. 

The unfurling tree in bloom offering the poetry and gift of fruit. 







Lucy: enviromental and civil rights activist 
who walked with me in the orchard 
from winter into the spring











Community members of the Endless Orchard project
1985 poet: activist and Femaissance artist 
















The handscroll, Orchard, was created in an old abandoned industrial cherry orchard. This is a topography etched with the remains of industrial farming, climate change, and inequality from labor, as well as potential for new modes of ecological engagement. It is an intersectional site where issues of equality, environmental justice, women's rights, nature, and culture collide. The materials include cherry juice and branch, copper electrical wire, grasses, carmine ink, oil paint, watercolor, block print ink, and graphite on 144" x 30" cold press paper. The touchscreen and paper Instagram version is 33 squares of digital photography, pieced together in time as it was created. Improvisational Performance Art.