Larissa Grant is a mixed technique painter who finds inspiration from the natural world. The intelligent and specialized creatures, that have adapted and survived in a world overwhelmed by human population growth, continue to be the subjects at the forefront of her work. Using watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints along with ink, and collage she pushes her work to the edge of reality creating the feeling of standing in the middle of a world far from paved roads.
Her latest series, Summit to Wizard Island, moves away from a naturalistic grounding that is found in her previous work and explores imaginative subject matter. The series creates a world in which a group of mythical beasts come together on a quest. The story thread that is found in this selection of work is deliberately vague. The viewer is invited to be involved in inventing the personality and the purpose of the creatures' journey. Some creatures were born through doodles and have been living in her sketch book for years, finally given an atmosphere to inhabit. Others were inspired by friends and collaborative efforts through the cognitive drawing game “exquisite corpse”.
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