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About the Artist
Lani Imre focuses her work on large-scale paintings, depicting an entourage of virtualized female characters. The strong, often defiant women she creates, touch on themes of female identity and sexual fantasy while posing commentary on the contradictions evoked by media environments and visual messaging. Through both sexualizing and asserting the postures of her characters, she makes gesture to qualities of feminine vulnerability and courage.
Lani has exhibited in Canada as well as Mexico and the United States. Her degrees include a diploma from Kootenay School of the Arts and a BFA from NSCAD University. She has also attended Concordia University in Montreal and completed a semester of independent study in Berkeley, California.
I am inspired by women. I have a special interest in the creation of female identity, and the role of sexuality within that. In the past I've been influenced by anime, illustration, street art, pop culture and media imagery. Currently I am looking at fine art figurative painters along the lines of Emma Hopkins, Casey Baugh and Michael Carson.
How’d you get started as an artist?
I have always drawn and created. Ever since high school I began to make choices that led me towards being a visual artist. I am not sure I was even conscious of what I was doing, it has always just been a part of me and how I design my life. Even though I did really well in all my classes and had a lot of interests, my mother was always incredibly supportive of my creative passions. What is your creative process like?
It could take a long time and a lot of detail to fully describe my creative process. I work on rhythms and cycles of idea generation to execution. I isolate myself for work, but also have to balance with collaborations, networking and life as a mother. My actual painting process is somewhat haphazard by the time it gets to applying paint and colour. I like to move my process around as much as I can and not get tied into only one mode of application.What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?
What stands out as a personal career highlight is my involvement in the Vancouver Mural Festival a couple years ago. It was my first time creating a public mural and working in collaboration with a few other female artists made it such a remarkable experience. Other than that I am generally proud of the evolution and direction I have been able to take my personal paintings over the last few years.
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