ART Habens Art Review // Special Issue ART Habens Art Review - Special Issue #89 - Page 71

Lael Burns ART Habens Set up: I tend to work on several series simultaneously. I tend to be developing a series of large two dimensional works, a series of small two dimensional works, and a series of three dimensional works simultaneously. I enjoy the conversation that goes on between the works, specifically in terms of scale and speed, and the way it frees me up to experiment. I tend to work with many of the same types of colors and processes within each series. Evolution of style: I have been inspired by imagery and forms from nature as far back as I can remember. I’m moved by the way creation and nature speaks of God, as life-giving entities. It’s important for me to work with forms that have a connection to life. I’ve experimented with various levels of representation and abstraction over the years and feel like now I have a balance that communicates my current vision in way that’s exciting for me. Conception of work: I have a relatively fixed visual vocabulary I tend to pull from in most of my work while being very motivated by experimentation, physicality, and materiality. I utilize material and sensory experience as a means to explore meaning. Material is worked until there is a shift into another realm: fabric becomes flesh, a sack, 21 4 61 Special Issue