A tangle of blooms, a snippet of blue sky, a shard of strong sunlight or the brief relationship between a favourite mug and a collection of fresh garden pickings.
Botanical nature is the language in Lara's work. Used as a metaphor for the passing of time these forms also serve to enable and investigation of personal experiences.
Lara plays with colour, composition, media and marks to spark a recall or sensation in the viewer. Joy, contemplation and melancholy are present in these paintings bringing to the viewer the comfort of memories.
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Spring / Summer 2020
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary"
Time spent in gardens, beside lakes and exploring rock pools is the input; drinking in the reflections and refractions.
A shady corner of Monet's Garden in Giverny, a hydrangea bush outside a restaurant on the Isle of Skye or the colours of a seaweedy pool on a Pembrokeshire beach. The mental snapshot imprints itself onto the memory via and sits inside the subconscious for a while. When opportunity strikes it pipes up.
These are simply moments. The eventual output is a memory processed and embodied. This evolving series features shards of sunlight and snippets of blue skies between the tangle of growth; the above and the underneath; reflected and shaded; the crystal clear and the murkier, more confusing things. They invite you to focus on the good bits and simple pleasures but sometimes tease you with temptation into a darkness.