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Markings and Essence by Liz Lautrup

Artist's statement:

What do you feel like when you’re in the middle of a field of grass blowing in the breeze? Or out on a ranch in the moonlight? As a ‘feeling’ person, Liz Lautrup is often overwhelmed with feelings and wonders, what is a feeling? Do we all share a similar feeling when we look at, say, a burned bleak landscape? Can the essence of these feeling states be captured and remembered?

In this body of work, Lautrup uses markings to explore and communicate the essence of places and times that have been charged with feeling for her. She chooses abstraction to distill the spirit of a place and time, without the distractions of easily-recognizable objects, and she uses black and white to give paintings the quality of memory or dream.

To create these abstract, dream-like paintings, Lautrup often uses water, poured or sponged onto the canvas, and she also applies water-based paints with various tools.

Sync Gallery’s Third Friday artists’ reception will be held on April 21 from 6-9pm, & First Friday Art Walk on May 5 from 6-9pm; Exhibition runs April 20 through May 13, 2017.

Image attached: Liz Lautrup, Tranquil Wonderland, acrylic on canvas, 40” x 30”

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