Artist Lori Schouela is questioning and exploring consciousness, the intangible quality of inner stillness throught her different series.
In her "rose petals" series, Lori Schouela creates the imprint of the rose with hundreds of fresh rose petals. Shimmering light, transparent paper, and acrylic reveal its inherent beauty. When the petals are lifted a stunning form of the rose is exposed. Lori explains: “I work with rose petals in circular form as a symbol of unity. My process is based on the understanding that there is harmony and interconnectedness in all things. The work for me is like finding stillness in a pool of chaos”. In this body of work, the artist deconstructs the rose, a feminine icon of passion and splendor to explore what lies beyond what is physically seen. In between edges of the organic forms, the invisible becomes exposed."
In her "suspended Landscapes" series, Lori Schouela creates magical kingdoms as a metaphor for the inner depths of the mind. Spirituality, reality and the fantastic merge as one blurring the line between reality and utopian ideals. The work takes a leap into the unseen workings of the mind drawing from Asian mythical teachings and metaphoric images of the divine. She was inspired by theological interpretations of the inner spirit from ancient Asian teachings of consciousness, ancient Japanese art, and Buddhist thought. These ephemeral and free-floating landscapes depict life and death as an infinite cycle. There is a transcendental quality to the work where the non-physical realm meets the unpredictable realities of life.
These pieces evoke in the viewer a moment of solace. Heaven and earth merge expressing pathways to the infinite. There is a transcendental quality to the work where the nonphysical realm meets the unpredictable realities of life.
Lori Schouela was born in Montreal and currently works in Boston, MA. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her 'rose petals' paintings are regularly selected by architectural and design magazines for their organic and unique forms while being exhibited at selective art fairs. Her 'suspended landscapes' will be part of the upcoming exhibition at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA in September 2020.