Laura Iosifescu harnesses Earth’s energy to paint a brand new landscape
London, UK, September 2013
A new generation of artists’ avant- garde began to emerge. We thought we knew everything about painting and how we could place paint on a surface but Laura Iosifescu has broken the rules of convention by utilising machines to create uncanny imaginary landscapes. Her tools have become a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction, a female reproductive monster of forms of life.
Iosifescu has just completed her work on the series “The Outbreak”. She believes the mechanical reproduction of her landscapes articulate the symbiotism of the society in which we live. However mechanic our society might be, it is organic. Like Nature, culture and society’s basic raison d’etre is to grow, give life, reproduce, but simultaneously appear unchanging. Pushing the materiality of paint to the extreme speaks her desire to impact on the world, to influence and demodulate the future. Her obsession emanates from the need to use mechanical tools to create the "landscapes of society", to commune with cities and the metropolis that constantly shift and reshape the natural environment. The representation of this flux which impacts profoundly on culture, milieu and society is the central motif in my work.
Anatomy and surface, beauty and ugliness, destruction and creation are intrinsic to the artist Laura Iosifescu: ‘I am interested in the celebration of energy and death, nature and cruelty, abundance; colour and fantastical landscapes.’
‘I don’t record landscapes from a specific place, space or time, my observations lead me to offer a sense of peace and a new creative form that presents my interpretation of life through paint.’ Iosifescu says.’ Yes, nature is an inspiration but so are life’s events and our own experiences. Cruelty and misery can disfigure accepted notions of Nature’s purity or bounty.’
Her work has already been recognised by ARTSLANT, Category Mixed Media earlier this year and she has been called ‘an image poet’. Earlier exhibitions in Newcastle sold out completely. Her paintings are raw and organic but truly three dimensional. They are not simply a trace but a new alien form of life. These paintings are about the contradiction between the mechanical application of paint and the powerful sense of growth and its resultant energy that drives every process on the planet. Once the originals are experienced they can never be forgotten.
You can arrange a studio visit by contacting Laura