ART Habens Art Review // Special Issue ART Habens Art Review - Special Issue #89 - Page 72

ART Habens Lael Burns or an embryo, pins become candy, paint becomes a skin of strawberry ice-cream or bubble gum, a pom pom becomes a microorganism or disease. My work strives to have a visceral presence by virtue of formal aesthetics, often riding the line between what is beautiful, grotesque and delicious. This speaks to various dichotomies I often reference in my work, such as light and dark, spirit and flesh. In a similar way, I work intuitively to experiment within various constants. For example, I have been working with lace patterns for about 15 years now, but I have found different ways to integrate them into my work over time. with spray paint, rendering of the root forms with either paint, graphite, and/or charcoal, and pinstriping designs. There’s a compositional process of push and pull, burying and exposing, that determines an intuitive sense of unity and balance. Final areas of modeling paste and glitter are added at the end. I often refer to these as “glitter sores” that reference the idea of healing, beauty, and rebirth. This series deals with the idea of a relatively small, diverse mankind unified in carrying the mark and qualities of a much larger God. In a broad sense, I can see how symbolism alone could be open to interpretation depending on th