Nick Lamia’s paintings are about the clash of nature and technology, organic and mechanical, and the perception – a misguided one in his view – that we, as a society, are separated, isolated from nature itself. Unlike some, Lamia sees society and nature as a single organism, a unit that must work together to survive and his paintings, his process, are an expression of his position.
His work is a clash of opposites, a mingling of different forms both geometric and biomorphic, his colours, form, space all an opoposite, all in dialogue all creating a form of map, perhaps a way forward, a glimpse of a possible future.
Here’s what Lamia has to say about his experience and work:
My interest in unifying nature and society comes from life experience. I’ve lived in cities mostly, but I also spent years in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada and on the ocean as an offshore expedition leader. Such varied circumstances taught me that despite the separation we perceive between society and nature, they are really complementary parts of a single system and though we may never fully understand their juncture, we must integrate them to thrive as a species.
My abstract artworks are embodiments of this integration. Linear, diagrammatic structures mixed with planes of color render partial views, or fragmentary maps of imagined spaces, both miniscule and vast, where nature and technology meet. Contrast among my forms and counterintuitive color combinations are metaphors for a world where technology and ecology are in symbiosis despite their contrast.
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