Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvática (wild)
Media: Oil Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Laura Lopez is a graduate student at CSULB and she will soon be completing her Masters in Fine Arts in the Drawing and Painting Program. This gallery was put up as a partial fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree Master of Fine Arts. Laura Lopez’s work is inspired by the jungle. Lopez’s work explores how pattern and color function as structural elements to build imagery and composition as well as construct a visual narrative on the natural world.
The paintings themselves were painted on a canvas. They looked just as jungles do with clusters of leaves and trees. There were many bright, eye-catching colors! The color schemes she used were so perfectly thought out. I loved the detail within the paintings as well, every single branch and leaf.
Lopez states that psychologically, she perceives the jungle as her true home. It is where she comes from and where her roots are planted. (ahha, roots! jungle!) This bond she has with the jungle supports her creative life that serves as her inner force towards growth. The paintings in this exhibition are representative of that metaphor.
I really appreciate her art and how she shares her connection with the jungle to us. It is obviously something she holds close to her heart. Something I always draw when I doodle and whatnot are flowers. I really love flowers and I feel a connection between myself and flowers. So I can relate to drawing/painting items that make you feel happy.