Ara Lucia

Ara Lucia

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The initial impetus for each of my paintings is a dress from a particular designer in a particular historical time. As I was growing up I caught glimpses of high fashion in magazines, but clothes for personal expression were inaccessible to me.

By abstracting these gowns and creating paintings that embody the gowns energetically -- I take them in. I become them. I cross all the barriers that made the dresses once unattainable. With this process, I can own any gown or become anyone, in any time. The process creates a soul alchemy - the filtering through the midnight blue lens of my identity mingles the elements internally. Then, on the canvas, this new, more primal image emerges.

I am a former student of Fine Art, Dance and Choreography. As a reflection of these combined studies, my process is both performative and reflective; I move back and forth between mark-making and editing in order to reach a final composition. Many layers are applied over a highly textured surface. The chosen marks remain and edited marks are folded hidden into the layers.

one day, thousands of moons from now
one day, thousands of moons from now
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $4,900.00
I reached out to touch her.
I reached out to touch her.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $4,900.00
Her breath steamed in the cold air.
Her breath steamed in the cold air.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $4,800.00
The itinerary to deliver a letter.
The itinerary to deliver a letter.
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $4,900.00
She felt a hand on her shoulder
She felt a hand on her shoulder
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $2,900.00
taxonomy of a single, long vine
taxonomy of a single, long vine
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $4,800.00
the allusion is to a stair, thus indicating an ascent
the allusion is to a stair, thus indicating an ascent
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $4,900.00
an ordinary moment, became a perfume, a caress which enveloped her
an ordinary moment, became a perfume, a caress which enveloped her
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,700.00
the first visions came to her as slight flickerings
the first visions came to her as slight flickerings
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,700.00
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
  • $3,900.00
inscribed on the wall were her coordinates
inscribed on the wall were her coordinates
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,400.00