Background

Lara Schaberg
b. August 1980
Bridgton, Maine

I am an artist in New Orleans, where color and light reverberate in honey slow motion. I use the materials of paint, graphite, oil sticks, sumi-e ink, and found objects. In 2017 I completed the series, Women in a Cherry Orchard, and a piece was chosen to be part of the exhibition, Spark.  I have also recently shown a 15 foot hand-painted scroll in a gallery on Magazine Street, and created a touchscreen handscroll through the mode of Instagram. This scrolling art is a meditation on the landscapes of the 21st century.

My formative years in art began with sumi-e ink and watercolor. A BFA in painting with study in Prague, Vienna and Paris led to a small show. I worked for a Bay Area artisan for four years, while continuing my own artwork. I also attended a field seminar with MFA students at UC Davis, joining studio visits with artists such as blues musician and painter Mike Henderson and sculptor Manuel Neri. These years bloomed with an exhibition of painted drawings entitled On the Seam. I migrated to the vivacious city of New Orleans, and began to practice art through the eyes of motherhood with my children, Julien and Camille.

The unfurling landscapes in my work are studies of and in these liminal spaces, topographies unfolding over time.