Laura Obon

Artist statement:

I am Laura Obon, a Spanish painter from Tenerife who is fascinated by colour and shapes. I make abstract collages out of paper. I live in London where I develop my career as an artist, exhibit my work and teach Art.

 

Work statement:

I make abstract collages out of paper. I am driven by the feeling colour creates in me, and by the act of creating a composition by cutting, sticking and overlapping shapes. Collages allow me to change direction quickly, or to add a new element to the composition, while the forms come to life in the making of it. I work intuitively, arranging all the cutout shapes in search of a particular kind of harmony, creating warm spaces with an element of tension. I am interested in the concept of seeing Art as a tool, described in the book written by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong Art as Therapy:

“Art is a therapeutic medium that can help guide, exhort and console its viewers, enabling them to become better versions of themselves”.

I like to think that my collages can be part of such a fascinating process in which they become a useful tool.

 

Links to websites and Instagram

Website: lauraobon.com
Instagram: @laura_obon_

Times Like These Exhibition

TIMES LIKE THESE:
There’s little normal about the ’new normal’.  What seemed important in March maybe doesn’t seem so vital now.  What was taken for granted is now recognised and valued.
In this show, members of the  ‘The Artists Pool’ give a personal response to finding their lives turned upside down by lockdown.  When the rushing abruptly ceased, all routines fell out of the window and living in the present became the only option, what assumed value?  Combining new ideas developed during the lockdown with older works that resonate once more, this diverse and intriguing exhibition encourages the viewer to explore their own response and contemplate the losses and precious moments that form their own experience of these extraordinary times.

Will It Be This Way Forever? – New Artwork

The inspiration for this piece comes from the current situation we find ourselves in around the Covid 19 pandemic. The future, what it looks like, the need to wear masks in public and the overall effect on humanity are all big questions that play on my mind.

I’ve been experimenting with collage for the last 2 months the ability to draw material from magazines and books and create something completely different is of great interest to me. A subverting of the original intention. I enjoy working with themes of a political and social commentary nature, I think it’s even more important at present to highlight those things people may not want to accept or think about.

Thanks For The Freedom – Artwork

Thanks For The Freedom!

What do we chose to do with ‘freedom’ and are we actually ever really free? I created this work in response to the fragility of the freedoms we supposedly are presented with. The ability to overlook injustice and to buy in to a system of material trinkets and baubles while others are repressed.

I’ve been experimenting with collage for the last 2 months the ability to draw material from magazines and books and create something completely different is of great interest to me. A subverting of the original intention. I enjoy working with themes of a political and social commentary nature, I think it’s even more important at present to highlight those things people may not want to accept.

Collage: Paper, Acrylic, Gesso on Linen board

Size: 40cm by 40 CM

Covid 19 Public Service Announcement Series – Collage

Inspired by the current Covid 19 pandemic and the lockdown measures that have been implemented. This series of work draws on elements of the surreal cut from various publications and arranged into a public service announcement to highlight the continued flouting of lockdown rules. The numbers in each piece refers to the number of deaths that day in the United Kingdom.

The medium was chosen due to its flexibility and the ability to created fantastical scenes from various magazines and journals. I am currently self isolating due to the pandemic and being able to create fantasy scenes while confined to my home has been both cathartic and emotional.