Lori Schouela
Minted KingdomMinted Kingdom detailMinted Kingdom (detail)Golden CityGolden City detailArctic ThawArctic Thaw detailArctic Thaw detailEmerald PathEmerald Path detailBeyondBeyond detailMystic Mountain in MauveMystic Mountain in Mauve detailAltered RealityAltered Reality detailArctic Tern, Broken WingsThe BoardwalkThe Boardwalk (detail)Sea ViewRoad Never TakenGetting CloserRainbow CityLosing SteamWhite MoonMystic CityWhite UniverseOne Way OutThe DipHokusai's The Great Wave, an interpretationBeyond Chaos
Suspended Landscapes
I create Magical Kingdoms as a metaphor for the inner depths of the mind. Spirituality, reality and the fantastic merge as one, blurring the line between reality and utopian ideals. The work takes a leap into the unseen workings of the mind drawing from Asian mythical teachings and metaphoric images of the divine. I am inspired by theological interpretations of the inner spirit from ancient Asian teachings of consciousness, ancient Japanese art, Buddhist thought and modern science, all merging to understand the subtle workings of the mind. Through my work I am always questioning and exploring consciousness, the intangible quality of inner stillness.

Sweeping marbleized strokes of paint and flat planes of color mixed with fine detail in pen and ink on canvas create spatial ambiguities in the work creating disorienting perspectives of mountain ranges or seascapes. These disorienting landscapes refer to an intimate sense of place, which holds a personal resonance for the artist.

These works expand the possibilities of representational landscape with flat planes in flux. The realm of the fantastic with its unpredictable floating pathways twist and turn in unexpected ways that evoke in the viewer a moment of solace, a metaphor for the individual unconscious. Lands are often floating over vast waters or sky where heaven and earth merge expressing pathways to the infinite. The work transforms the viewer to an altered form of consciousness. These ephemeral and free-floating landscapes depict life and death as an infinite cycle. There is a transcendental quality to the work where the nonphysical realm meets the unpredictable realities of life.