Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvatica (wild)
Media: Oil Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art; Marilyn Werby Gallery
Selvatica by Laura Lopez, a student currently pursuing an MFA, is a visual representation of the juxtaposition between the unpredictability and dangers of the wild that also find themselves intertwined with the ethereal qualities of the ecosystem. Laura describes her inspirations as being the jungle due to the power it harnesses to include all sorts of organisms in its magnificence.
The exhibition was comprised of large paintings created in a tribal style. The colors of utilized were all vivid, abstract colors that contrasted the other elements and background imagery of the piece; this technique created a pop in the artwork which resulted in a interestingly unique and intricate piece of art. The large oil paintings depicted trees filled with a mosaic pattern and some that were painted in darker hues and showed the unpredictability of nature with a magnificent wildness and liveliness.
Laura Lopez’ work explores her interest in the experimentation of pattern and color show they work harmoniously in an artistic setting; she mentioned that their ability to create composition and imagery is what draws her to them. “Linear structures function to express the idea of organic growth in natural ecosystems as the jungle and other wild forests…and are intricately interconnected and function as an independent community…I perceive the jungle as my true home, as the space where I come from, where my roots are planted”, she says about her bond with her paintings and creative inner force that promotes growth.
I was deeply touched by how elegant and beautiful Laura’s art was; every piece in her exhibition had so much detail and you could really see the artist’s touch and soul in every stroke. Every little line and fragment, every little twig and branch in the piece, had its own individuality and I think that was really beautiful to see, the beauty of the unknown and the spontaneous. The complexity of the images, such as the jaguar above, due to the differentiating tones and sheens of the paint, made them so different than anything I had ever seen before and it took my breath away. I think Laura very masterfully created a perfect mix of perfecting what had to be perfect and structured whilst balancing and embracing a certain wildness in her piece such as the crazy foliage. To see a body of work that toys with these elements, as well as is so carefully thought out, and manages to remain looking effortless, is truly awe inspiring and I feel very grateful to have been able to be graced by Laura Lopez’ work this evening.