Contemporary Art
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jill sutton

cheryl warrick

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B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2001

Lake’s work combines one of the oldest, most archival forms of painting with the digital darkroom creating a bridge and exploring the tension between past and present, both personal and collective. Suspended figures in a collaged landscape of old ledgers, maps, and vintage kimono scraps bathed in beeswax create a sense of displacement and timelessness and invite the viewer into a world where not everything is as it first seems.

Themes of rebirth and potential have been the primary focus of Lake’s work since Hurricane Katrina with a focus on the absurd contradictions of what it means to live in postdiluvian New Orleans while grounding these impressions in a very personal iconography. Inspired by her own collection of found objects, curiosities, and imagery, Lake has opened the door into a world of domestic surrealism where fantastical dreams and stark realities coexist as one.

Lake is an encaustic collage artist based in New Orleans. In 2003 she was selected for Louisiana’s No Dead Artist’s juried exhibition then again in 2005 for the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Triennial of Southern Art, the oldest juried exhibition in the country. Lake has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as Italy and Hungary. She was selected and curated by Joan Snyder for a traveling NY exhibition at R&F Paints, in addition to the recent acquisition of the Capital One Collection.

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