Lorena Krause, born in Mexico City, moved to Canada in 2000. This Langley, BC based artist graduated in Visual Arts from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2010, with the “Outstanding Achievement Award”.
Fauna Crowned Portraits – Artist Statement.
My figurative paintings symbolize the inner power of the female spirit that so often carries the world and all its demands on their shoulders.
In a world obsessed with the body I shift the attention to the head and to the infinite world of the mind while depicting a new relation with ecology.
In this surreal series of I use a classical oil technique to create contemporary portraiture. As a style the proportions are altered in different ways and
females appear dwarfed under it all as I think women still are by society in many areas.
As an updated iconographical analogy with classical painting, the piece’s unified composition show a lyric flowing horizontal hierarchy . A subtle transition from
upper, middle and lower spheres with a play in proportions occur:
1st, on top of the paint – The Fauna Crown – representing the animal kingdom
2nd, human face – the human realm represented by the surreal portrait
3th, on the bottom of the painting – the decorative art – represented by the 3D hand sculpted repoussé
This Neosurrealism is inspired by pre-Columbian iconology by Mesoamerican archeological human and animal sculptures. References to Colonial and European
portraiture can also be found. I use Reppousée an antique technique, hand sculpted by me on the subject’s pendants which are big as a homage to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
a scholar, poet and writer.
With a surreal and dignifying visual representation of the unlimited potential to take this world into a changed future,
I depict our irremediable state of oneness with nature and our outer and inner interdependence with traditions and history.
Lorena has had solo exhibitions at Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC – Vernon Art Gallery in Vernon, BC – Sandandsea Gallery in White Rock, BC
In group exhibitions at: Richmond Art Gallery – Chilliwack Art Centre – Ben Navee Gallery, Toronto – Kariton Art Gallery, Abbotsford, BC – Ashpa Naira Gallery, Vernon BC