13. Laela White
My artwork explores shared experiences we endure that have a rather darker, sardonic tone through humor, bright colors, and absurd scale shifts to make it more easily digested. A dark joke covered in glitter and bright colors makes the punchline that much more effective. My approach to my sculpture is quite crude, as I have no interest in perfecting the physicality of my sculptures to make them more appeasing. My paintings manipulate the human form into contortionist positions, with explosions of colors and texture that question its place in our reality and dimension. I aim for my work to make people laugh at first, and then recognize through nuanced details the undertones of challenging the expected, the usual, the ordinary.
I’m interested in the human form in all contexts — the body in totality, specific parts, eating, and emotions. I feel like I’m hyperaware of my existence and experiences, and I spin that into something I can share, something that resonates with those who view my work.
1 - Breakfast of Champions, (in progress) 2020, ceramic objects, acrylic paint, glitter
2. Achoo!, November 201, plaster casted noses, acrylic paint, spray foam, glitter, copper refrigerator tubing
3 - Daily Routine, October 2019, digital drawing via Procreate
4- Ten.don.i.tis, Spring 2019, 40” x 52”, acrylic paint on stretched canvas
5 - Stalagmites, Fall 2019, 40” x 52”, Acrylic paint, flashe paint, and glitter on stretched canvas