Lara Orman’s art practice explores metaphysical issues and paradoxes in relation to Eastern and Western Philosophies. Through printmaking, surreal drawing; haptic and automatic drawing and painting, Orman seeks to draw the flowing patterns that make up the world and what lies beyond the material surface.
Influence is drawn from her surrounding nature and trips to wild places, imagining the effects of time over the place she is within. Accumulating layers upon layers of wind carved, dust - drifted landscapes and the flicker of their forgotten history, merged with the present, in which gives her a sense of what lies ahead from looking back. Influence ranges from Mythology, Esoteric literature, Speculative realism and Cosmic Horror fiction, the many sub-genres of Metal music and record cover art along with the artwork of the Romantics.
Orman’s artwork evokes the Weird and the Uncanny, stretching far beyond the quiet woodland valley where she resides, into an otherworld of mystery that rises and falls through the shadows, layers of cycles and spirals.
The artwork draws from her subconscious environment, incorporating a Mercurial Darkness descending and ascending into the Abyss and Beyond. The sinking awareness out of the deep unknown fuels her strive to reconnect with her inborn nature, Imbodying a need for a deeper understanding of the world and our existence as a whole.
OCTOBER 2020 - Arusha Gallery Solo Show - Edinburgh
2020- Exercise Three - Arusha Online Gallery ( https://www.arushagallery.com/news/56/ ) until 30/06/20
2020- Satellite - Alma College- Michigan -USA
2020- Circle - Printmaking Gallery - DJCAD - Dundee
2019- MFA AH- Descend beneath the Surface - Cooper Gallery - Dundee
2019- New Contemporaries- Forgotten Lands - Royal Scottish Academy - Edinburgh
2018- Degree Show - Mysteries of the Beyond - DJCAD - Dundee
2018- Print Exchange between DJCAD and NSCAD - Reception Gallery, DJCAD - Dundee
2017- Shelter Stone – The Artist and The Mountain, Multiple locations - Scotland
2017- Resources - Anna Leonowens Gallery - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canada
2017- Virtual Landscapes- VRC space- Dundee Contemporary Arts - Dundee
2017- The Undiscovered Landscape - Matthew Gallery, DJCAD - Dundee
2019- Arusha Gallery Award
2018- William Sangster Philips Scholarship
2018- Making Matters Award
2018- RSA New Contemporaries selected Artist
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee – Scotland
2018- 2019 - MFA Art and Humanities
2014- 2018 - BA Fine Art