My work is informed by art historical sources, such as Japanese illustrations for Genji Monogatari (the Tale of Genji), and Persian miniatures illustrating the Khamza of Nizami. I am interested in their variety of textures, colors, and patterns, and how these design elements are interwoven to create a balance between representational space and abstract form. My work focuses on this balance by leaving out the figures which are so central to the narrative works, reinterpreting these spaces without them.
Architectural forms and objects left behind allude to recent human presence; the absence of figures allows the emptiness of the implied spaces to be perceived. While empty of figures, these spaces are actually full: filled with texture and pattern, filled with layers of paper, filled with light and shadow, filled with echoes of the narrative. The interplay of empty implied space and full actual space blurs the distinction between image and object, between simulation and reality. www.lauracannamela.com