Artist: Laura Lopez
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: Werby Gallery
Laura Lopez is a graduate student here at Long Beach and is working towards her Masters in Fine Arts. As her final year approaches, she is focused on her artwork that consist of drawing and painting. Laura is originally from Medellín, Colombia and has just recently moved to Long Beach two years ago. Before coming to Southern California, she worked for several years with her undergraduate degree in architecture before deciding to continue her education abroad.
Laura’s exhibit consists of a room filled with colorful canvases. Her work explores different patterns and colors to create a visual narrative about the natural world. Laura worked mostly with oil paint to create these canvases. After deciding to use oil paint, she picked out the most vibrant colors to give her paintings life.
Laura’s paintings are very colorful depictions of the Amazon jungle. She has resinated with the jungle since she was able to travel there when she was 20. She ultimately decided to use bright colors because she loves the vibrancy of the jungle. Among one of her canvases, she painted a white jaguar in the middle of a forest. Laura says that this white jaguar is often seen as an animal that can cure certain sicknesses like these bridges between two worlds. These two worlds being the spiritual world and the world of social structures. Laura believes that the white jaguar in her painting can heal those who visit her exhibit in the middle of a hectic school day.
When I first walked into Laura’s exhibit, I was captivated by the colorful images painted on each canvas. The colors that she used complimented each and every pattern that she created in her paintings. I enjoyed looking at the patterns because they helped create an image of a forest. Overall, I thought that she did an amazing job at using her creativity to help make her own image of a jungle.