Wk13 – Artist Conversation – Laura Lopez

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Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvetica
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby

About the Artist

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Since childhood, Laura Lopez has always shown an interest in art. She recalls always painting or drawing as a child, though the visual arts are not her only passion. Laura believes that the energy in her body manifests in different ways, and she must let that energy flow however way it must. In that, Laura is also very interested in dance and music – different arts for different energies and days. Laura is Columbian born, and CSULB is her first foray into the American education system. Laura Lopez is pursuing her MFA, this is her final exhibit before graduation. She is not entirely sure what she would like to do after graduation – she is looking into artist residencies as well as teaching, and she also hopes to do collaborations with other artists in the future.

Formal Analysis

Laura used a wide wariety of colors in her canvas art. The canvases themselves are quite large, which makes the pieces fairly impressive. The pieces explore concepts of shapes to reassemble and make other objects, which is quite pleasing to the eye. Overall, there are great techniques used in this artwork that make the pieces work.

The choice to paint landscapes (and some animals camouflaged within those landscapes) was a neat decision. The choices of paint strokes and strategic shaping make for a beautiful exhibition.

My Experience

For me, there is something about Laura Lopez’s artwork that evokes a childlike innocence to me. I don’t want to say it’s nostalgia, so much as whimsy. The colors are so vivid and bright, and give each painting a dreamlike quality. Many of the pieces reminded me of ‘paint by numbers’, if someone had followed the directions, and then decided to embellish their strict work with more unique touches – I don’t mean that as an insult, either. It’s hard to put it into words…but I think what I’m trying to get at is that Laura’s artwork feels like…home…and that’s all anyone really wants.

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