Artist: Laura Lopez
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Laura Lopez is a graduate student at CSULB. She is earning her Masters through the Drawing and Painting program. She created Selvetica inspired the connection she feels with the jungle. This is truly seen in her work with bright colors that represent the wilderness and nature of the jungle.
Selvetica consisted of large, brightly painted images of the jungle. The leaves, animals, and other plants were so vivid because they used bright colors such neon yellow, lime green, orange, and neon pink. There also colors like bright blue and purple. They were large and consisted of oil paints on canvas. There was one the appeared to one whole picture put together by two separate pieces of canvas.
Laura tells about how she feels the jungle is her home and is fascinated by how things like forests are interconnected by different plants and species. I could really see this in her art because of how detailed all the plants are. I think details in imagery of nature are hard to depict because of intricate it is to include things like leaves and stems and animals because they are all virtually the same color with different depths and shades depending on the angle they are being viewed from.
Synthesis/ My Experience
This exhibition really made me think about complex forests can be. All the different layers of plants and the different ecosystems that exist within each layer are necessary for the others survival. I also liked how all the different paintings were in colors that are not seen in these places in real life.