Orbit Series




Oil, acrylic and resin on panel


4.5" x 4.5", 6" x 6", 8" x 8", 12" x 12"


This series, Orbit, is inspired by the images produced from the James Webb telescope. The universe and the mysteries it holds are endlessly fascinating. When I gaze up at the night sky, I envision planetary bodies and their satellite moons spinning and swirling in a celestial dance much like my paintings. This series explores the naturally occurring shapes and patterns of the cosmos and their connection to earthly materials.   Within my practice, I strive to capture a balance between meditation and perfectionism. I utilize the wood grain lines as preset organic boundaries which inspire my compulsive creations. In allowing the material to influence my creative energy, I find myself collaborating with nature.  I have always had an affinity for patterns in nature. After exploring a variety of designs, I found my muse in wood as a material and subject matter. By harnessing the beauty of wood grain and the allure of color, I create artworks that offer a sense of depth and complexity that is both seductive and immersive.   In my wood grain paintings, I apply tediously mixed hues with a detail brush to follow every curl and knot on the surface. Some raw grain and edges are left exposed to reiterate the authenticity of the material. A final coat of resin transforms the lumber into a luminous object. 
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About this Artist

Lara Mann

Lara Mann, b.1989 Chicago, IL, grew up in the north suburbs of the city of Chicago where she was fortunate enough to explore many variations on her artistic practice beginning early on in her life. Lara moved to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon and earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011. She then returned to Chicago to pursue a career in the art world, where she worked for many institutions including the legendary Ann Nathan Gallery as well as the international art fair, EXPO, Chicago. When she’s not in the studio, you can find her hiking or trying new vegetarian recipes. She currently lives in Longmont, Colorado and has a studio in North Boulder. She shares her home with partner Paul Kenneth and their two cats. Mann has had work included in several exhibitions across the United States, most recently at Manifest Gallery in Ohio, The Strathmore in Maryland,…
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