Background

Lara Schaberg
b.1980 Bridgton, Maine

I am an artist in New Orleans, where color reverberates in honey slow motion. I use the materials of paint, graphite, oil sticks, sumi-e ink, and found objects. Recently, my work was chosen to be part of an exhibit titled Spark. I have also 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 artwork is a meditation on the landscapes of the 21st century.

My formative years began with sumi-e ink and watercolor; this continues to influence my work. A BFA in painting and graphic arts with study in Prague, Vienna and Paris led to a small show. I attended a field seminar with MFA students at UC Davis, joining studio visits with artists such as Mike Henderson. I assisted a Bay Area artisan, and began to practice art through the eyes of motherhood. These years bloomed with an exhibit of painted drawings entitled On the Seam. The unfurling landscapes in my artwork are studies of and in this transition zone, topographies etched over time.