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Katerina Husar Lazarova


Laser Cutted Shapes Inspired by Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray was an artist who broke the rules. Born in 1940, Murray grew up surrounded by Chicago's vibrant art scene. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and later earned her MFA from Mills College in California.

Murray's artistic journey was marked by a fearless exploration of form and color. Her work plays between abstraction and recognizable imagery, using bright, garish colors to portray objects, people, relationships, and emotions. Unlike many artists of her time, she rejected the idea of sticking to traditional canvas shapes. Instead, she experimented with irregular, non-geometric forms, challenging the boundaries of what a painting could be. Her canvases often featured fragmented compositions, dynamic curves, and unexpected angles, creating a sense of movement and energy.

My Manhattan - Elizabeth Murray

"My paintings are often strange and sometimes show me a part of myself – violence and physicality that scares me. It's not always like it, and really, when I do them, it's a journey."

Elizabeth Murray

One of Murray's notable contributions to the art world was her ability to merge abstraction with elements of everyday life. She drew inspiration from personal experiences, domestic objects, and the human figure, infusing her paintings with a sense of narrative and emotion. This fusion of abstraction and realism added layers of depth to her work, inviting viewers to interpret and engage with her art on multiple levels. 

Back in Town Installation - Elizabeth Murray

When I saw Elizabeth Murray's art with its unique shapes, it clicked with me. Her paintings seemed alive as if they were moving on their own. Her willingness to break free from traditional norms and embrace the unexpected resonated deeply with my own artistic exploration. Inspired by Murray's fearless spirit, I began using laser cutting to translate the fluidity and spontaneity of my automatic drawing sketches into art pieces. The precision of laser cutting allowed me to capture the intricate details and organic shapes from my sketches with remarkable accuracy. Each laser-cut piece became a canvas, showcasing the fusion of artistry and technology in a unique and captivating way.

Murray's legacy continues to inspire artists worldwide to push the boundaries of what art can be. Her pioneering spirit serves as a beacon of creativity, reminding us that true innovation knows no limits. By daring to embrace the unconventional and find beauty in the unexpected, artists like me are encouraged to break free from traditional norms and explore new horizons in artistic expression.

As an artist, I stand on the shoulders of visionaries like Elizabeth Murray, who paved the way for the next generations of artists to embrace change. Murray's art taught me to break rules and think outside the box. Her legacy lives on, not just in museums but in artists' studios like mine, where we're constantly pushing past comfort zones and embracing the unknown to explore new ways to express ourselves.

By honoring Murray's pioneering spirit, I celebrate the endless potential of art to inspire, provoke, and transcend.


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