Artist: Laura Lopez
Gallery: CSULB Art Galleries, Werby
Laura Lopez is a graduate student here at CSULB. She is on track to graduate with an MFA in Painting this semester. Lopez received her undergrad in Columbia where she grew up. Her main medium is paint, and she is inspired by the jungle and also by her background. Lopez also practices other forms of art including dance.
In the exhibit Selvatica, Lopez showed work that was extremely colorful interpretations of jungle scenes. Each picture had its own color scheme and depicted various animals of plants that thrive in the jungles of South America where Lopez grew up. Lopez worked with balanced in terms of spacing, and used various lines to direct the viewer’s eye.
Each piece showed its own vibrant and energized interpretation of the jungle. When talking to Lopez she discussed how her school in Columbia allowed her to freely question curriculum. This allowed her to create works that she felt important. Lopez talked about how she grew up admiring nature and the way living things are all interconnected. Lopez’s work explores structural patterns of nature and expresses them through colorful paint.
I was attracted to the variety of color that was presented in this exhibit. The colors and theme created a fun atmosphere for my art viewing. I was interested in the real subject matter that was presented in a sort of abstract form. I have always had an appreciation for people who can paint and I found that I really enjoyed this exhibit