Lucia Pearla is currently undertaking a year long Structured Graduate Residency at the Leith School of Art. Here is her current work statement: 

“The expressive mark-makings explored throughout my work stems from an intuitive thought process, creating energy formed by the use of colour.

Throughout the development of my abstract and expressive paintings, colour performs as the key motivation behind my compositions. It allows me to suggest forms of emotion and influence the application of intuition through the combination of complimentary forms.

Abstracting the use of colour and form, my personal research driven by the work of Wassily Kandinsky has had an influential impact on my practice. Taking inspiration from his theories on shape and colour, My practice converses with higher thinking where I aim to create a personal and contemporary take on his revolutionary theories in abstract art.

In addition to artist research, my practice makes continuous references to film sets where set designs are subconsciously absurd into my colour palette and application of structural painting, it is in particular the 1988 American fantasy horror film, Beatle Juice directed by Tim Burton that is fundamental to my practice. Producing films of illusions, the imaginative style of fragmented objects being displayed within uncanny environments is a form of uncertainty, which plays on an unrealistic foundation where Burtons creations form a new reality.

My paintings are a form of escapism which are formed using impulsive actions. The layering of paint is built upon pushing and pulling the applied medium back and forth by sanding multiple surfaces created. This technique creates dimension to my work where various suggestive surfaces can be pulled out and fragmented moments can be pieced together by the viewer allowing them to form their own imaginative narrative”.

Pearla graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from DJCAD 2019. She was awarded the 21st Radiology Art Prize and the RSA John Kinross Scholarship. She recently took part in the RSA New Contemporaries 2020 and was awarded both the Walter Scott prize and The RSA patrons prize. She is a very exciting emerging talent to breakout from one of Scotland’s leading art schools.