Sculptural installations and imprints of Lara’s body reflects on the occupation of space as an extension of the body, how we externalise that which is internal and how the internal is then consumed to shape the image of what we become.
My mother taught me how to grieve with my whole body.
My father taught me how to occupy a space without any real direction.
My mother specialises in the interior, my father specialised in the exterior, together they tried to complete one another but ultimately it destroyed them and shaped me.
At this moment in time I have found myself to be so deeply unhappy and I thought that through this practice I could find a path. Instead, I made a line that occupies a space with no direction, as I do, and I peel off the layers of my skin to try to look at the things I conceal inside myself. I thought maybe I would see something new. The result is seemingly narcissistic but was an attempt to uncover something better.
These sculptural installations are comprised of a steel line that takes a walk through a space with no beginning and no end and but with an infringement on the experience of the room. The other, part of a performative series, latex imprints of my body that interrogate the nature of loss and grief of the self; how do we manifest emotional harm and how do we try to heal in interacting with ourselves.
My work reflects on the occupation of space as an extension of the body, how we externalise that which is internal and in turn how the external is consumed to shape the image of what we become. Interrogating experience, the ways that I have loved and lost, the ways in which I’ve allowed myself to be loved and lost to others and the grief I now wear on my body. We are designed to evolve through experience — and we do little by little — but in this process, we are condemned to relive the same patterns as we emerge towards a seemingly aimless future.
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