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Art & Life with Lauralee Pope

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauralee Pope.

Lauralee, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My mother is an artist, and as a result, I was raised in her studio and learned a lot about painting early on. She also has a great library of art books, and some of my earliest memories of reading involve these books. I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago and went to Otis College of Art and Design for undergrad, and had a great experience there. Afterward, I took a long time away from school searching for a way to continue painting so that each work I made was an exciting new discovery for me. Once I felt like I had established a way of working that would sustain my interest in the long term, I went to CalArts for my MFA and studied with some amazing faculty and peers.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a painter, but I’m interested in combining other elements with the painting, especially ceramics. I’m interested in the tactility of both materials and how they can mirror each other. When I start a painting I think about the internal framework, the structure of the canvas, the weave of the fabric, or some small detail that captures my imagination, and from that, comes the inspiration for the composition. From there, it becomes a game of looking. Spontaneity is key, and the process is about discovery and investigation. I try to surprise myself, and open wider the idea of what a painting can be. At the moment, the inclusion of ceramic elements within the painting’s frame is my way to do that.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
The artists I respect most have been doing it forever, are in it for the long haul, and find various ways to support themselves financially. For me, the biggest hurdle is finding time in the studio, but I’ve gotten really good at grabbing 20 minutes here and there. It adds up and keeps the ideas going. The most meaningful support comes from things like being included in a group show surrounded by other artists I think are amazing, or if another artist tells someone about my work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My website is an archive of older work, and I’ve been using Instagram more recently

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Image Credit:
Chris Pope

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