Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvatica (Wild)
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Laura is a Master student at Cal State Long Beach working toward an MFA in Drawing and Painting. She is here in school from Colombia and came here specifically for school. She has been going to school here for 3 years. Before she came to school for drawing and painting, she studied architecture but decided she liked to paint more since it was something that she had always done. When she is done with school she wants to return home to Colombia. She enjoys hanging out with her friends in her free time. She really likes nature and that is what inspired her.
When you walk into the gallery, you are met with bright, neon colors that portray the rainforest. There are linear lines and different shapes that make up beautiful scenes of the jungle. Each piece has a color scheme that ranges from oranges to pinks to greens to blues, each piece containing different hues. The paintings are beautiful to look at and although simple, make quite a statement. Each one portrays a different part of the jungle and as a whole make up the entire jungle.
Laura’s work has a big focus on nature, specifically the tropics. She uses amazing, vivid, and bright colors which really capture the viewers attention. With all these different colors it is hard to notice small details at first, but when you look closely you can see that a patch of orange is a bird or some green is a snake. She said that nature really is her biggest inspiration because nature is so beautiful. The plants and trees are her favorite to observe and paint because there are so many different little details that make up each one and they are all so different. She described that she is fascinated how nature and animals help each other and together build such an amazing ecosystem where everything is interconnected to one another. She explains that she views the jungle as her home and that is where her roots are planted so naturally she would want to paint it.
I liked how she chose the tropical rainforest to paint and used so many different bright colors, because rainforests are home to over half the species on Earth and I think that these colors were a good representation of that. The neon colors and all their different hues are a good representation of all the different animals and how small variations among animals give rise to new species. I truly enjoyed talking with her even though she was a tad hard to understand due to her accent!