Wall vs. Me Exclusive - September 02 2020
Seattle Artist Laura Loverich: Tell Your Life Stories in Art
Laura went to school for graphic design, but transitioned into a hairstylist. She hadn't done any kind of art for 10 years and almost forgot how to even use the essential tools. During 2018 - 2019, Laura started reconnecting with herself through art, which felt completely foreign... She stopped working at the beginning of the global pandemic and decided to get back to her passion for collage art. It was then she suddenly realized that it was the very piece that was missing from her life. Just like her last name, Laura's art is filled with love for life and nature.
Find Laura Loverich on Instagram @lulustargalactica
What inspires you when you are creating a new piece?
I'm hugely inspired by landscapes, music, fashion, color, texture. I always try to recreate my emotions at the very moment of inspiration.
Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?
Usually my most recent one, it shows trying something new or progress in something old. I'm really proud of Pale Blue Dot even though there's been others after. I love the mood, the texture, it's one of my happy places.
Is there an important event in your life that changed the way you think about being an artist?
I'd say getting back to create art again after taking a long break. It's nice to have something so significant in my life that's not my job. Art is now a safe place to learn, progress, change, explore. It doesn't have to be everything but I find I'm always thinking about it, it has a positive influence on my life.
Pale Blue Dot
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
Color. I think color is one of my favorite ways to convey mood, I am a cancer so very moody. I love changing colors in a photo to tie it in with other elements of a composition. Or adding just a splash of a color over here to connect elements. Texture would be second. I love when elements are added and I realize it exposes repetition of texture throughout the whole piece.
Who would you say is your favorite artist and why?
Tara McPherson is my old standby. I used to draw girls and when I saw her work she blew my mind. She has it mastered. Liz McGrath is another, I'm not sure if she still makes art but talk about creepy, cool, texture, mood, very stylistic. They are artists I was drawn to as a young artist, so they'll always be my favorites.
For some of our audience who love your work and want to be an artist themselves, what advice would you give them?
Get outside of social media. Social media is important to connect with artists/clients and get your stuff out there but art is life. I heard that when I was younger and I didn't fully comprehend that. I do now. Art IS life. I'm doing what I'm doing because it is a collection of everything I've ever been drawn to, textures, colors, music, career changes, breakups, being a cancer, where I grew up, life lessons etc... What I'm doing now for art is an evolved and mature version of what I was doing when I was younger.