Exhibition Opening at Art2Muse Gallery in Double Bay June 15, 2017
In Lara Scolari’s paintings, multilayered circles create an enlivening space for contemplation, and a resting place for thoughts.
Scolari is interested in how energy informs the painting and viewing process. When creating works, she finds herself transforming from a state of active energy into one of serene immersion. Her paintings also provide a space for the viewer to engage with this spectrum of energy: from vitality to calmness. They share the nuances of her thought processes, and create a place to retreat to, to muse and meditate, like being immersed in music.
In many works from Scolari’s latest series, Contemporary Noir, translucent blues and greens meet black, grey and milky white in veiled layers. These resonate with the marine glimmers of the Balmain environment in which the artist lives and works. Others focus primarily on layers of the noir of the series title. In some paintings, speckled black circulates in a nest-like whirl.
When viewing these circles of energy, we are free to be transported to another state of mind.