Tucson artist Lex Gjurasic’s latest series is an expression of her exuberance for life and a love letter to the natural world, offering an escape into soft, surreal landscapes: a safe place to land.
“As a child, I spent weeks at a time hospitalized with lung disease. Through spells of sickness, I took solace in my imagination, drawing and redrawing hundreds of versions of the same subject—each act of repetition pulling me deeper into a realm where sickness could not find me.
In spring, quarantining with my family, first subconsciously and then consciously I found myself reaching for the same comfort—the comfort of repetition—that I had decades earlier. Like the confines of a hospital room, my world shrank to the size of my studio. I disappeared into other worlds—amalgamations of imagery existing somewhere between memory and imagination. The result, Flower Mounds, is a cohesive series of verdant, undulating, biomorphic work. The series is an expression of my own exuberance for life and a love letter to the natural world, born of a coping mechanism from early adolescence. Flower Mounds offers an escape into soft, surreal landscapes: a safe place to land. Flower Mounds incorporates a wide breadth of unconventional materials, using only what I had already at home—including everything from sample house paint to mortar to Styrofoam. On delicate paper, I painted rolling hills carpeted with flowers. In Flower Mounds, I have painted the soft green mountains in the Land of Enchantment, the desolate Sonoran Desert bathed in its warm, soapy hues, and the fireworks show that is a Californian Super Bloom, a veritable explosion of glowing orange. That joie de vivre manifested in Flower Mounds connects deeply to ritual, to nature, to the Queer virtue of radical happiness, and to celebration as a sacred act of grieving.”
Gjurasic has exhibited her work nationally for over twenty years.
Tucson, AZ | lexgjurasic.com | ig: @lexgjurasic
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