I believe there are multiple realities that exist at the same time. I feel that the physical world is not all there is. I imagine many simultaneous events that link together, spilling over, in a highly organized way. Even though everything can seem so utterly random. Perhaps our everyday events fit into something greater and maybe, there is a common thread weaving in and out of the lines of every history there ever was, tying us all together. Perhaps, we are these very threads stitched into a colorful and profound synchronistic quilt.
I am interested in the visual possibilities that result from taking pieces of information that are seemingly not related and translating them into a new image. Within this process lies my attempt to forge connections. Each painting is a single patch in an eternal, endless tapestry. My work borrows from various histories, images, memories, and tales. They are little worlds. I am engaged in an ongoing investigation concerning: rootlessness, voyages, spiritual forces, survival, displacement, what it means to sojourn, place, time, and the great struggle and triumph of communicating.
Lydia Larson was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey in 1987. Growing up as an American nomad, art making was a means of documenting the constant changes of her surroundings. In May of 2009 she received her BFA from Montclair State University where she studied under Julie Heffernan, Alyssa Monks, and Peter Barnet. She received the Excellence in Painting Award of the 2009 graduating class. In 2011, Lydia went on to receive her MFA from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has since been involved in residencies and research in the Netherlands, Italy, India, Hawaii, Japan, and Hungary. In 2014, she became a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Lydia has exhibited across the United States and Internationally. She lives and works in Westport, Connecticut.