Laura Culic

My paintings are my response to my deep and abiding love of the natural world – in particular, the wild places of Ontario. Many varied ideas occupy my head as I paint, ultimately influencing the direction of my work. I dwell upon thoughts of exploration, geography and topography; natural science and history; journeying and map-making; and, over all, the Canadian landscape and our relationship to it. Whether with map-based, abstracted pieces, or representational landscape paintings, I explore these ideas in a process that involves building up multiple layers of wax and pigment, and then scratching, scoring and scraping the surface, gradually and alternately adding and subtracting, concealing and revealing, as i work towards creating an environment rich with natural textures and a sense of history and place. This process, I feel, is symbolic of nature’s cycles of erosion and decay, growth and renewal, and also an adventure and journey: a merging of intuition, imagination and exploration with the painting itself bearing physical evidence of that process. “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot