Lorette C. Luzajic’s mixed media paintings and collages are created with a plethora of material ranging from paint to graphite, chalk to found images, cosmetics to letters, playing cards to glitter glue while the layered text is drawn from her magpie collection of overheard conversations, snippets of songs as well as words and phrases found in literature, poetry and religion. All of it a superhuman effort to coalesce the imaginative world around her.
These pictures are a curiosity shop that have taken on an aesthetic that has more in common with Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Urban Art than collage and other more traditional forms of mixed media art making. It is a series of re-appropriations, a re-classification of everything consumer culture throws at us, dumps on our doorstep, uses to force feed us into submission. Here’s what Luzajic has to say about her work:
Every technical and philosophical facet of my art is committed to the application of mixed media, redefining the term to include concepts and ideas as well as tangible physical materials. This cross-genre pastiche is born from and dependent on collage, which naturally experiments with subliminality, intercontextuality and the unexpected narratives that emerge from both playful and planned juxtapositions.
Each work is assembled from an unlimited assortment of tools, themes, genres, and inspirations. For example, a piece may be created from gouache, paper, canvas, chalk pastels, spray paint, e.e. cummings’ poetry, syncretic religious rites, overheard dialogue, found photographs, advertisements, cardboard, a Kenny Rogers song, nail polish, Old Testament mythology, cemetery history, Seinfeld, Churchill quotes, graphite, and the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology.
Though excited by the research, accumulation, and experiments that propel my work, it is my belief that art should be beautiful and evocative. Hence, I strive to conjoin my mixed media to result in unique beauty and mastery of composition.
Challenging constructs of genre, creative ownership, colour orthodoxy and technical craftsmanship, I see the world as an idea fountain. My expression springs from my insatiable curiosity, bent humour, enchantment, the intersection of the sacred and inane, and my championship of human innovation and creativity. No matter what theme has propelled a specific work, my art is dedicated to the beautiful absurdity of existence. From serene, minimalist abstractions to frantic pentimenti imbroglio, these visual narratives wholly commit to embracing the full spectrum of life’s rich pageant.
Each of Luzajic’s pictures are a valediction to everything banal, turgid and homogenous in our culture. Instead they are a party, a riot, a celebration of all that we hold dear. Most of all it is a homage to human creativity.