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Lucia Love

Lucia Love's visually rich paintings are loaded with references to art history, mythology, politics, and the dynamics of power. The symbolism in this new group of paintings refers to the dyads of oppositional states, such as doom and hope, and solidarity and isolation.

These works depict flight or weightlessness in one form or another: the characters in her paintings operate within a state of suspension between dual forces. Love’s unusual painting style is well represented here—particularly her ability to incorporate multiple techniques, such as hyperrealism, brushy gestures, and a flat, cartoonish line into cohesive and dynamic compositions.

This suite of paintings is an overview of a continuing narrative thread developing through recurring imagery and motifs. The clearest illustration of this ongoing exploration can be seen in The Tower painting. At the top of the elongated composition, some lascivious nudes are absentmindedly eating state craft for breakfast while a tower of snakes hovers over a ring of figures attempting to save their house from being crushed.

Lucia Love,
The Tower, 2019
Oil on panel
60 x 36 inches

Lucia Love, Installation View, NADA House Governor's Island, 2021

This ring of red figures at the bottom of The Tower can then be viewed as a jumping off point for some of the symbolism being included in newer paintings where the ring of people can be seen hovering both on its own, and as a head of an angelic body that exudes power and capability.

Lucia Love
Gold Ribbon, 2021
Oil on panel
24 x 30 inches

Lucia Love
People Power, 2021
Oil on panel
40 x 30 inches

These angelic forms may be viewed as a call to solidarity, and a way to illustrate the strength people can gain from working together.

Lucia Love
Baebalus, 2021
Oil on panel
18 x 24 in

This symbolism of solidarity and strength may be seen in juxtaposition to the images of lone feminine figures that incorporate moths as their faces.

Lucia Love
Is This Your Card?, 2020
Oil on panel
40 x 40 inches

Lucia Love, Installation View, NADA House Governor's Island, 2021

Lucia Love, Installation View, NADA House Governor's Island, 2021

 
The moth is a symbol of transformation, and they lend these images an air of mystery. In a way to mirror the dyad of doom and hope, these compositions explore being together and alone.

Lucia Love
Lauren Bacall, 2021
Oil on panel
36 x 24 inches

The Water Carrier enacts a story arc of transforming ones self, so may also be seen as a lone figure in contrast to the angel paintings, as is the figure of The Dreamer who pops in and out of Disney scenes.

Lucia Love
Bubble Vision, 2021
Oil on panel
24 x 30 inches

Lucia Love (b. 1988, New York, NY) attended the School of Visual Arts on a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, where she studied painting and animation. She is co-host of the Art and Labor podcast, where she chronicles the stories of social justice organizing within the arts.