Drawing from personal spiritual experiences, my work investigates the way playful craft materials can be manipulated with other fine art components as a means of exploring connections between the visceral, graphic, sublime, and carnal. The organic forms I describe are intricately adorned organs, wombs, and hearts that display the external evidence of internal rebirth and are physical manifestations of things spiritually discerned.
I utilize material and sensory experience as a means to explore meaning. Material is worked until there is a shift into another realm: a skin of swollen glitter becomes flesh, a sack, or an embryo, pins become candy, a pom pom becomes a microorganism or disease. My work strives to have a visceral presence by virtue of formal aesthetics, often riding the line between what is beautiful, grotesque and delicious. This speaks to various dichotomies I often reference in my work, such as light and dark, spirit and flesh.
Lael earned her BFA from Southern Methodist University and her MFA from the University of Iowa, both with concentrations in painting. Exhibits of her work include a solo exhibition at the Forth Worth Community Arts Center along with various group shows. Her work has been written about in Peripheral Vision Arts Salon 2017, Studio Visit Magazine, Art Habens Contemporary Review, and on the International Fine Arts Fund and Create! Magazine blog. Most recently her work was featured in issue 13 of Create! Magazine and on the Artist Meets Mother blog. Lael has taught at the secondary and college level and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and children.