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Name: Larissa Lachman
School: Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: IB Visual Arts has intensified and secured the passion for Art that has always lived in me. I enjoy the fast pace and immediate results of drawing with charcoal: the medium of the indelible mark. This seemingly primitive instrument instils energy into portrayals of unyielding still-life objects and it communicates expression of curvilinear shapes I encountered in life drawing. Initial experience with oil paint for self-portraits became a very meditative act, a sort of exodus and exploration of the self: a prominent feature of Art I find important and appealing. Whilst seeing Kiefer’s Salt of the Earth exhibition in Venice, I felt a spiritual sense of alchemy. This one sighting established a new kind of powerful drive within me to pursue Art. Kiefer naturally became the source of inspiration in my most recent work that has been submitted which greatly excites me. For these mixed media pieces encompassing emulsion, plaster and tomato plants I have felt for the first time mentally involved. I believe that Art is the only pathway that can provide fulfilment in my life. This unique and personal subject through its experimentations, challenges, and freedom allows me to further understand the core of humanity.
Title: Encasing Stage 1
Description: This piece is one outcome of a repeated process that was to coat fresh tomatoes in plaster. I was drawn to tomato plants through the work of Anselm Kiefer who was the main source of inspiration in this whole process where in one piece Kiefer juxtaposes pressed tomato plants with heavy lead books. He is concerned with concepts such as preservation and I explored preservation as an intervention of the cycle of life and decay. This was done through integration of continually changing organic matter and attempts at encasement through plaster. The plaster portrays the fragility of life since as the inevitable life cycle continued the tomato decayed internally weakening the structure but the initial shape (stage 1) was preserved and remained. An image of the extinguished remains. An attempt to pause the unstoppable force.
Medium: tomato, plaster
Width: 6 Height: 4.5 Depth: 5
Keywords: preservation, decay, intervention of cycle