Ara Lucia

Ara Lucia

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As I was growing up I caught glimpses of high fashion in magazines, but clothes for personal expression were inaccessible to me. The possibility of self creation through such rich means and such focus on the body opened something important inside of me.

In 2000 I became gravely ill. The resulting series of surgeries left my body permanently disfigured—my back covered with scar tissue and my abdomen distended with no muscles left to support it.

These paintings provide a way for me to reach for that sense of self creation that so moved me growing up. Using pattern paper to texture the surface of the canvas, I create a mirror of the wrinkling of aged skin or scar tissue, followed by an impasto technique as I continue with layers of paint. In what feels to be both active and reflective, I also paint my body and press it directly upon the canvas in some of the paintings.

They are blue for a reason. What that reason is, I still don’t know.

They danced by the sea.
They danced by the sea.
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,900.00
She chased her to the window.
She chased her to the window.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
She made the journey home.
She made the journey home.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
Surrendered to her touch.
Surrendered to her touch.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
I saw you without your armor.
I saw you without your armor.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
Even the moon has her muse.
Even the moon has her muse.
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The lyric revolves around the beloved.
The lyric revolves around the beloved.
  • $3,800.00
Their burdens dissolve into light.
Their burdens dissolve into light.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
one day, thousands of moons from now
one day, thousands of moons from now
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
And then she knew.
And then she knew.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
Her breath steamed in the cold air.
Her breath steamed in the cold air.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,800.00
the allusion is to a stair, thus indicating an ascent
the allusion is to a stair, thus indicating an ascent
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,800.00
I made up my mind to kiss her.
I made up my mind to kiss her.
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,700.00
but the night belongs to the angels
but the night belongs to the angels
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,700.00