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Melissa Lara

How would you describe your art?

I have always been fascinated by the female form in fashion, and I also am very interested in things of the past, and bringing those back to life through drawing and painting. I also arrange flowers and am intrigued by how painterly and sculptural they can be, and funnily recently I've learnt that flower arrangements evolved from artists assembling them for their still life paintings back in the day. I like to consider myself an artist-florist. Of how I work - I think I'm more intuitive and instinctive. Maybe I like to reflect on my work afterwards, but the process is mostly  something that's more driven out of the moment.

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What inspires you?

So many things inspire me: colors, nature, being outdoors, silence, inner peace, and looking inwards. Speaking with people and exchanging ideas. Lately also scrolling through my favorite accounts on Instagram - at the moment, mostly flower farms. Seeing what people are doing, and what they are doing well. 


How is the current pandemic situation affecting your work? your creativity?

It's always been the same and in our current situation I think it hasn't changed - I have creative and non-creative days, just the usual ebbs and flows. There are times when I can paint for days on end, times when I give it a rest and focus on arranging flowers, and there are times when my mind runs restlessly, wondering what I can do next and how to make the most out of the situation we are all in right now. 


What do you value as a creative being?

I value honesty. Being true to your most inner self, vulnerability, flaws, and all. Accepting that I am who I am, constantly working on embracing that and allowing it to manifest in what I do.

Instagram - @melissalaraart