Emily Lazarre

Abstraction is its own language which intrigues me. Without words or narrative I search my personal content through use of color, shape and composition. The final image is abstract, but the premise is autobiographical memory of places, colors and events.

My initial training was as a sculptor at CCA (then CCAC) where I received an MFA. My most recent work is oil on paper collage and hangs on the wall but has largely left the rectangular format. I paint papers in many thinly layered oil colors and allow to dry, thus providing myself with dimensional materials. I then am able to cut, tear, compose and finally glue the collage into the final work. The result is neither painting nor sculpture, as the work lies somewhere in between, almost like a bas relief.

I taught sculpture and drawing for 20 years at the College of Marin and lower and upper division sculpture and the Graduate Art Seminar at UC Berkeley for two years as a visiting lecturer. My work has primarily been exhibited in California and the West Coast and is included in private as well as the permanent collection of The Fresno Art Museum and The Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA).