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Lola Rose Thompson | Studio Visit

Lola Rose Thompson | Studio Visit

Studio Visit with Lola Rose Thompson

Welcome to the psychedelic, color filled world of artist Lola Rose Thompson. Join us here for a tour of her studio space to learn about her practice and the impact our crazy, modern world is having on her work.

Q.

Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…

A.

I’m an artist because I have to make art - it’s a compulsion, something I have to do in order to feel sane. I’ve loved drawing and expressing myself as far back as I can remember. There’s nothing else I’d rather do.

Q.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

A.

I’m inspired by the news, headlines, celebrity culture, tabloids, memes, philosophy, new age culture, language, science, Victorian novels, fantasy, and dreams.

 

Lola Rose says

“I’m an artist because I have to make art - it’s a compulsion, something I have to do in order to feel sane. I’ve loved drawing and expressing myself as far back as I can remember. There’s nothing else I’d rather do.”

 

Q.

Describe your work in three words....

A.

Whimsical, witty, idiosyncratic.

Q.

What is your creative process?

A.

Writing is a big part of my process - I write to clarify my thoughts and ideas and then eventually I pull concepts for works from the writing. For me the titles of my works are a crucial element - bringing the works to life and making them relatable. I come up with titles and then the works come from there - in an attempt to turn language into a visual medium.

 

Q.

The titles of your works are incredibly thoughtful. Do you have a strong connection with words?

A.

I’ve always loved reading and writing - I read constantly and escaping in stories. Both my parents are writers, and I guess I inherited that gene. Writing is one of the primary ways I express myself, and it’s crucial to my process and my sanity!

  

Q.

What makes you excited about the future?

A.

I just planted a bunch of wildflowers in all these random spots around LA - I’m excited to see them bloom.

 

Q.

What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?

A.

I think my work often references a lot of the trials and tribulations of existing in this super modern, weird, disconnected world. Hopefully people relate to the feelings I’m attempting to express - whether it’s frustration or irony or sarcasm or whatever.

Q.

What influence does modern culture and technology have on your work?

A.

I often reference technology in my work - cell phones, texting, social media, the internet - it all has such a big impact on our lives and relationships - so it’s not surprising that it ends up being a big part of what I’m thinking about and responding to in my work.

 

Q.

What makes you laugh?

A.

Kittens stuck in vases and videos of babies being silly on you tube.

 

Q.

You work across such a diverse range of mediums. Is there one that you are particularly drawn to or do you thrive on constantly experimenting with new techniques?

A.

I love working across different media - the medium changes depending on the idea I’m trying to get across, as well as how I’m feeling. It’s fun to switch it up and try different things.

 

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What makes you nervous?

A.

Trying to make a living painting and making art - not ever having a guaranteed income.

 

Q.

Who are some contemporaries or figures in art history who have influenced you?

A.

Marina Abramovic, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, Ed Ruscha, Allison Schulnik - I’m also super influenced by the authors I love- Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, EM Forster, F Scott Fitzgerald, Oliver Wilde, and the late great Oliver Sacks.

 

About Lola Rose Thompsonspan

Thompson’s work employs metaphor, simile, metonymy, and other literary devices to create conceptual proximity between disparate things and to editorialize and re-contextualize the objects she makes or finds.

 

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About Lola Rose Thompson

Lola Rose Thompson was born in Studio City, CA and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She studied sculpture at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from Otis College of Fine Arts. Thompson’s work employs metaphor, simile, metonymy, and other literary devices to create conceptual proximity between disparate things, and to editorialize and re-contextualize the objects she makes or finds. She is interested in the idea that objects can receive and transmit information that they may or may not contain; and moreover, that these objects have vast stores of data that may be difficult to see. The drawings, sculptures, and installations she makes are often accompanied by text; lengthy, prose-like titles that imply or describe the multiple connotative potentials of objects and words, which have previously been veiled by their exhaustive utility. She describes her work as “an invitation to the party,” encouraging the viewer to personally identify with the subjects of her works.

STATEMENT

"I am interested in the idea that objects can receive and transmit information that they may or may not contain; and moreover, that these objects have vast stores of data and figures, that may be difficult to see. The drawings, sculptures, and installations I make are often accompanied by text; lengthy, prose- like titles that imply or describe the multiple connotative potentials of objects and words, which have previously been veiled by their exhaustive utility. I want to create unlikely empathies, and unearth the improbable similarities shared between distant things, for example the President and the World’s Tallest Woman, magic and big government, or physics and psychics. I employ metaphor, simile, metonymy, and other literary devices to create conceptual proximity between disparate things, and to editorialize and re-contextualize the objects I make or find. I am influenced by investigative journalism, headlines, the editorializing of popular culture, magic, medicine, science, and the new age.” - Lola Rose Thompson

 

PRESS

February 2015, "Lola Rose Thompson Edits Herself," Grahpite Journal

July 2015, "Lola Rose Thompson's Dissolving Watercolor Portraits," Juxtapoz Magazine

July-August 2017, "Lola Rose Thompson: 'Flowers to Make Up for Everything,'" Curate LA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017, Flowers to make up for everything, The Lodge. Los Angeles, CA
2016, Tappan at Platform | Spatially Speaking. Los Angeles, CA