The above video isn't actually creepy but it gives you an insight into the personality of the quirky and badass Laurie Lipton and you get to see her work on one of her signature giant intricate art pieces.
To give you a little background on Lipton before we delve into her fascinating art pieces, she was born in New York and began drawing when she was four years old. Lipton has lived in numerous countries including Germany, France, and the UK, to name a few. While traveling in Europe as a student, Lipton truly honed her style and technique, "building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting." Lipton rooted her art in the stylings of Van Eyck, Goya, and Rembrant, even after her teachers told her that figurative art went out in the Middle Ages and that she should express herself using more forms and shapes.
Lipton truly found her soul in black and white art. Lipton is quoted as saying, "Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows. It is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work.” And wow, it truly is some amazing and creepy imagery. Check out some of my favorite pieces below.
The social commentary is evident in Lipton's work, whether it be the perils of fame, the frailty of age, the sorrow of mass media consumption, or the distortion of celebrity. In an interview with beinArt, Lipton is quoted as saying:
"JW: So much of your work is social commentary, on topics varying from overconsumption of materials and media to politics. Yet I’m not sure I can come up with any examples of your work that are squarely on the positive end of the spectrum: what we’re doing right as opposed to what we’re doing wrong. Is this a deliberate choice, and if not, what do you suppose accounts for this?
LL: I only draw about the things that concern me. When I was a child I used to sit alone for hours and draw about all the aspects of school that I hated, all the wrongs I felt, all the anger and frustration that was bottled up inside of me. It helped me to cope and to understand. Unsettling art, whether it is in books, music, or pictures, is an attempt to comprehend life’s trials and tribulations. Pretty, nice, nonconfrontational, “positive” art serves a purpose, too… but I don’t connect to it on any deep level and I don’t wish to waste my time doing it."
Did I mention she's a badass?
If I were to link every piece of Lipton's that is astounding, intricate, thought-provoking, creepy, and disturbing, this post would scroll for days. Please check out the rest of her work at www.laurielipton.com It is breathtaking.