I am most interested in space, intuitive geometry, fractals, tessellation and compartmentalization.
Featured Artist Dara Larson
Theater-Dark on Mondays, ink on scratchboard, 18x24, 2007
Larson’s artworks have been exhibited and collected internationally. She works in drawing, printmaking, papermaking, digital imagery, and artist’s books. Her current work includes a focus on the architectural and psychological conditions of cities or urban environments in relationship with nature. The portrayal of the city is emphasized through metaphoric depictions of contemporary events. Organic, intuitive forms are contrasted with geometric structural components to elicit both spatial and emotional reactions to the state of living in a community. Figures, landscapes, monuments, and occurrences are used as metaphors, exaggerated recreations, or reconstructions of reality.
Larson states, “I am most interested in space, intuitive geometry, fractals, tessellation and compartmentalization. These interests are connected to observing patterns in both natural and manmade forms. My work continues to develop connections to psycho geography and spatial identity. Much of the work depicts symbolic narratives and relies upon fusions of intuitive mathematical systems, natural phenomena and human interaction. The work examines the human impulse to control planning of natural and spiritual forces”.
Larson works predominantly in printmaking and drawing. The use of additive and reductive drawing upon a scratchboard clay surface allows her to use very loose and painterly ink during the first stages of a work. Later she refines and tightens the image as it reveals itself through the drawing process.