Artist, Lauren Muller shares with UBB on how her passion of art was sparked, source of her inspiration and how it has evolved.

 

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Photo: Shanita Sims

 

I’ve been doing art since I was a kid. I thank my mother for that. She sent me to so many art classes, I guess to keep the four year old me occupied. But it wasn’t a chore for me, because I loved it, and she recognized that. She said I would sit and draw for countless hours, extremely focused, and I believe her because I do the same thing now- except I paint more than I draw. Its funny, but for the longest time I thought I couldn’t paint. In school, we always learned about the greats; from Michelangelo, DaVinci and Raphael to Renoir, Monet and Modigliani. So of course I admired them and their technique and wanted to paint like them and when I couldn’t, I thought, “Forget it, I’ll stick to pencil and paper.” 

 

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But about five years ago, out of the blue, I decided I’d paint a picture. I had a large 60×36 canvas laying around in my house. I dusted it off, bought some cheap black and white acrylic paint, and just started painting without thinking. That was the best thing I could’ve ever done. Within two days of painting 6-8 hours straight a day I finished Two Faced. A grayscale painting based off a picture of my face at the time- It doesn’t really look like me though. Actually none of the women I paint resemble anyone in particular- they are universal, they can be anyone.

 

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After that first painting I pretty much had a grasp of what my style was. I never planned it, it just happened, and that’s how I know its natural, that it comes only from me and that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. The inspiration for my work comes from what I know and what I love; the color grey and the female figure. I paint only in shades of grey, because I believe its the most beautiful color. Recently I’ve started incorporating tints of blue and brown, but I think that’s as far as I’ll take it. And I paint only women, because a woman’s figure is the most simple, complex and pure thing in the world. Until I see something that tops that, I don’t think I’ll want to paint anything else.

 

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Someone once called my paintings Psychedelic Sexy. I think that’s the perfect description of my work! Everything I paint needs to flow and needs to feel organic.  A man once asked me how I made the shapes I made- he wanted me to tell him the thought behind every curve of the brush. I was like, “I dunno!” He didn’t really care for that answer-I didn’t really care for him. But that’s the thing, I literally don’t think when I paint, I let my subconscious do all the work. The more I think, the stiffer my hand gets, and the more my work looks contrived, and I’m so not about that.

 

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Over the years my style has stayed the same, but has definitely evolved. I’ve recently started to further deconstruct the women I paint, by mixing my abstract swirls with even less structured techniques. I’m getting older, I learning more, I’m letting go of things and my paintings represent all of that, as they should. Every woman I paint has a part of me, every piece is striving to tell you something.

 

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