× Lorette C. Luzajic

Pretty Time Machine

Mixed media on canvas



Price: $1200.00

Lorette C. Luzajic is a mixed media visual artist living in Toronto, Canada. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, museums, restaurants, hotels, banks, laundromats, art fairs, in dozens of literary and arts journals, as a prop on Save My Reno on Home and Garden Television, in an ad campaign for Madrid-based luxury jewelry designer Carrera Y Carrera, as a 20 foot billboard in New Orleans, and at the Royal Ontario Museum. Her work is collected internationally. In 2017, she was invited to participate in an international artists symposium in North Africa, as a guest of the Tunisian Ministry of Culture. In 2018, she was awarded a $5000 honorarium for Best Painting by E11even Restaurant and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. She has been a featured guest on The Artist’s Voice and The Savvy Painter podcasts. Lorette is also a widely published poet, nominated multiple times for literary prizes, and the editor of the arts journal, The Ekphrastic Review. She has been a member of Workman Arts for many years, and through them has worked with Art Cart and Gifts of Light to do mixed media workshops at CAMH.

I am driven by eclectic curiosity, and by the joy of juxtaposition. My work is a curiosity cabinet and an apothecary of magic potions and spells. It is poetry, and a surreal dream. It is the frantic pace of the city and the magnificent silence of the night. It is about love and death and the sacred and inane, and the absurdity and beauty in all things. A collagist is always looking, always deconstructing and reconstructing. From dentist waiting room magazines to church hymnals to art history masterpieces at the museum to nightclub flyers, my mind is constantly snipping, juxtaposing, discovering, experimenting, replacing, gluing over, scraping back layers, recontextualizing.

Collage and mixed media is a natural parallel for me of the bipolar experience. All of the contradictions inherent in the philosophical and diagnostic paradigm are perfectly reflected. The frenzy and jumble of subject matter reflect my voracious and diverse interests in art history, poetry, world cultures, religions, and the constantly changing responses I have to them. The output of my work is naturally volcanic, then famine, with erratic, chaotic stops and starts. The layers of narrative, real and imagined, are enmeshed with my experiences and perceptions as a woman artist informed by PTSD from childhood, addiction, and recovery. I consume everything, and churn it out in fragments rearranged into beauty. It is a process of redemption and survival.

Other artwork by artist in Being Scene:

The Faraway Nearby

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