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.

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.

Their burdens dissolve into light.
Their burdens dissolve into light.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,900.00
A walk in the Nightlands.
A walk in the Nightlands.
  • 48 x 36 in
  • $3,800.00
They arrive breathless and laughing and covered in dust.
They arrive breathless and laughing and covered in dust.
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,800.00
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 itinerary to deliver a letter.
The itinerary to deliver a letter.
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,900.00
She felt a hand on her shoulder
She felt a hand on her shoulder
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,600.00
taxonomy of a single, long vine
taxonomy of a single, long vine
  • 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
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
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  • $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
  • $3,700.00
inscribed on the wall were her coordinates
inscribed on the wall were her coordinates
  • 36 x 48 in
  • $3,400.00