Lara Mann

Within my practice, I explore self-control through varied exercises in restraint and release. My imagery is manifested through spontaneous mark-making following intuitive guidelines and basic rules.

Through mimicking patterns in nature or otherwise derived from organic sources, I allow my mind to wander inward and compulsively create. This acts as meditation and soothes neurotic anxiety.

Color and shape are used in such a way that they nestle and wind to create a psychedelic impression. To intensify the optical quality, I exploit negative space to enhance the lines and saturation of the materials. By playfully teasing out the balance and composition from beginning to end, I allow the piece to realize itself. The final outcome is a stabilized representation between determined restriction and unconscious surrender.

My most recent work attempts to capture landscapes with fundamental representation. The stars, the moon, and mountains are wonderfully universal. I implement a horizontal division and simple shapes to assume a familiar presence. By giving context to my obsessive patterning, I can improvise a dreamy setting with only a handful of visual cues.

For my wood grain series, I apply tediously mixed hues with a detail brush to follow every curl and knot on the surface. Some raw grain and edges are left exposed to reiterate the authenticity of the material. A final coat of resin transforms the lumber into a luminous object.