b. August 1980
Lara is an interdisciplinary artist in the vibrant city of New Orleans. She utilizes wood panel and paper, as well as fabric, wire, sumi-e ink, oil pastel, improvisational performance, digital screens, and found objects. She is interested in moments of poetic transformation, beyond boundary or edge. Lara engages themes of ecology, feminism, bodywork, and mythology. Her surfaces are studies of and in these unfolding landscapes, topographies etched over time.
Her formative years in art began with sumi-e ink and watercolor. A BFA in painting with study in Prague, Vienna, Paris led to a small show. Lara also attended a field seminar with MFA students at University of California Davis, led by blues musician and painter Mike Henderson. These years bloomed with an exhibition of painted drawings entitled On the Seam. Lara migrated to the vivacious city of New Orleans, and began to practice art through the eyes of motherhood with her children, Julien and Camille. In 2018 she completed the series, Orchard, and a painting was chosen to be part of the exhibition, Spark. Lara has also shown a 15 foot hand-painted scroll in a gallery on Magazine Street, and created a touchscreen + paper handscroll through the mode of Instagram. The digital and physical piece took the form of a grid that she created improvisationally in sequence. This scrolling art is a meditation on landscapes of the 21st century.