ABOUT THE WORK
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My artistic journey began when my grandmother, a photographer, involved me in her projects. She encouraged me as I went on to explore theatre and directing in my teens and then choreography at Mills College in my twenties. I circled back to photography in my thirties and studied Fine Art at Texas Woman’s University. In 2009 I created a large-scale photographic work, We Vow, in support of marriage equality which received recognition in Curve, SheWired, and CherryGrrl, as well as many blogs and articles.
I had dreamed of being an abstract painter, but didn’t know how to start. I didn’t know how the ideas and themes that I had explored in my previous work could be translated to abstract painting. Then, one day, when I was drawing a still life, I noticed these paper dolls. In that moment, I had an epiphany, realizing I had often used dresses as a launching point for my previous work in photography. This became my doorway into painting. Other inspirations emerged, such as the color blue, which has been a component of my work throughout my life, and finally love letters between women. These elements were in my work throughout my career and have combined in my practice as an abstract painter. With these forms I explore the themes of body, identity and intimacy.
After moving around throughout my life, I am happy to have returned to Chicago, my adopted home, where I live with my husband, who tolerates that blue paint seems to show up on everything.
website: See more of Ara Lucia’s work here.