When you explore the works of Lara Plecas, you may find it hard to believe that she is a self-taught painter, originally trained as a dancer. However, her expressive paintings seem to evoke a rhythm, perhaps connected with this history. This month Practical Art is excited to host her latest collection in the show, “We Can All Be Free…” Her work will be displayed throughout April, with an artist’s reception held First Friday, April 1, 2016, from 7:00-9:00pm.
Plecas’s inspirational works typically explore themes of place, and she explains in her blog that, “we have a deep and personal connection with the places where we visit and live, as well as the experiences that may have endured there.” The pieces for this show expand upon this subject by exploring place and its connection to freedom. It is a series inspired by an article from Wired entitled, “The Amazing Art on These Communist-Era Houses Was a Rebellion Back Then.” It is an editorial describing an artistic movement of freedom of expression during a time of “homogeneous, community-centric thinking.”
We asked Plecas to give us some additional insight about this month’s extraordinary show:
Q. How would you describe the theme of this particular show?
A. This series really explores freedom and the struggles we overcome to find peace of mind.
Q. If you had to describe your show in 5 words or less, what words would you use?
A. Minimal, bauhaus, geometric, color, folkart
Q. What processes/materials did you use to create the pieces?
A. In all of the work in my show I used oil paint and encaustic medium to create the imagery. It was the first time however that I used powdered pigment when mixing my colors, it has so much more depth to the color.
Q. Do you have a favorite piece in the show? If so, what is it?
A. Yes, the tree piece is my favorite piece in this series. It symbolizes the displacement of my family when they left their homeland Lithuania during WWII. They were displaced for five years until they immigrated to the U.S.
“Displaced/Relocation”, encaustic on panel
Q. What other artists (any local?) inspire you?
A. Agnes Martin, Bridget Riley, Betsy Eby
Q. What is your favorite part about making art?
A. I really enjoy the process of painting and watching my ideas evolve in the studio. It is a meditation, and it involves clearing your mind in order to let the flow happen.
To find out more about this historically inspired show, visit with Plecas at Practical Art, April 1, 2016, from 7:00-9:00pm. We can’t wait to see you there!