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.


Within my wood painting practice, I strive to capture a balance between meditation and perfectionism. I utilize the wood grain lines as preset organic boundaries which inspire my compulsive creations. In allowing the material to influence my creative energy, I find myself collaborating with nature.

I have always had an affinity for patterns in nature. After exploring a variety of designs, I found a muse in wood as a material and subject matter. By harnessing the beauty of wood grain and the allure of color, I create artworks that offer a sense of depth and complexity that is both seductive and immersive.

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.