Asking For a Friend
40" x 60"
mixed media on gallery canvas
Lorette C. Luzajic
Tell us a bit about yourself
Exploring creativity on various paths has always been part of my nature. Writing was and is a big part of that. I was always interested in art history and how it told the story of society, religion, culture, and the past. I was particularly interested in collage, an historically recent innovation, because it meant my "palette" was unlimited. I could work with everything. I became increasingly interested in testing all kinds of directions and projects using collage as both a concept and a medium. My work has exhibited extensively at home in Toronto, including Project Gallery, the Spoke Club, and the Royal Ontario Museum. It was featured on a 20 foot billboard in New Orleans, showcased in various venues in Mexico, and part of a symposium of international artists in Tunis, North Africa.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by poetry and literature, art history, travelling, the city, machines, colours, God, music, popular culture, evolution, psychology, beauty, dreams, family bonds and dysfunction, mystery, madness, and the night sky.
The method behind the madness
The method behind the madness. My materials are as expansive as my inspirations. My mainstays are acrylic paint- so versatile- and collage, but every piece has at least 5 to 10 media, like pastels, gouache, spray paint, oil sticks, chalk, pencil, ink, crayons, etc. I work emotionally and gestural in general, but there is a lot of meticulous, detail work when I need to cut out images.
We'd love to get to know a bit more about you
I'm the founding editor of The Ekphrastic Review, a journal of literature inspired by visual art. I'm currently doing workshops in mixed media art at the Center For Addiction and Mental Health. I write a column on Wine and Art for Good Food Revolution. I write about art a great deal, and lots of poetry. I love walking the streets wherever I am, and taking photographs, which teaches me how to look closer and see more. I love spending quality time with good friends and family, especially eating world cuisine out with them, or cooking together at home.
Tell us a story
The trajectory from the beginning to here is a labyrinth of missteps and risks and personal growth. It contains all the requisite tragedy for an artist, and all the triumph of spirit in any after school special. "NEVER! Never, Marge!" said Homer Simpson. "I can't live the buttoned-down life like you. I want it all! The terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles!" Since I was first conscious, I wanted an unconventional life, and so I'm living the dream. My stories unfold through every artwork.