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Lara Schaberg
b.1980 Bridgton, Maine

I am an artist in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and New Orleans, where color reverberates in honey slow motion. I use the materials of paint, graphite, sennelier oil pastels, sumi-e ink, and found objects. Recently, I have shown a 15 foot hand-painted scroll in a gallery on Magazine Street, as well as 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 exhibit. 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.