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about lola...

Lola is a multi-disciplinary artist creating across different media, including painting, sculpture, photography and photomontages, because she feels that each medium has a different communicative and expressive quality, so she tends to choose the medium depending on what she wishes the artwork to convey and emanate and she does not limit herself to any medium, technique or style, because in her opinion, it stunts both growth and imagination, as such, her work is quite varied.  To her, visual art is like music, a magical therapeutic tool, a universal mode of communication that does not require any form of translation whatsoever.

Nature and the interconnectedness of everything in and with nature are her deepest inspiration. Music is another major inspiration of hers and the music she listens to when she creates becomes a part of the artwork. She likes to call it “the secret ingredient” in her art. Many of the visuals she creates were born within a specific song or melody.

Her work simultaneously straddles nature, humanity, spirituality, magic, fantasy and what she refers to as "hard realities" but because she is a firm believer in Dostoyevsky's saying that "beauty will save the world," she always aims to create a visually appealing final result. Her hope is that anyone who looks at her work will feel a rush of positive energy and an awakening of their sense of wonder. She does not seek to shock; she seeks to soothe.

 

Even when working on several projects simultaneously, there is almost always a "meeting point" between the various projects she works on, as if each was somehow an essential part of the other and as if these various projects were different parts of a same "whole."

Her concepts go from the simplest, such as creating an individual beautiful image for its own sake, to the rather complex and highly symbolic and evocative. More often than not, there will be many layers of meaning to her work and because she believes that an artist’s true statement should be the artwork itself, she often prefers not to explain too much, to let viewers find their own interpretations. Like music, visual art can communicate different things to different people and trigger different emotions in each given person and she believes that everyone should be left free to allow their feelings and emotions to travel beyond a set statement.

 

Her artistic techniques are just as varied and she is constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques while simultaneously having her favourite ones, such as using natural elements, colour pigments, 3D work and photography. She genuinely believes that absolutely everything could be used in the creation of art and that art is inherent in everything in life, if you can find the right perspective from which to look at it.

 

Lola first studied photography at Kensington & Chelsea College, then at Kingsway College in London and a few years later completed a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London).


She was born in Beirut and is Franco-Lebanese. When she was three, war broke out in Lebanon and from then on her upbringing took place ping-ponging between Lebanon, Italy and France (Lyon), though mainly in Lebanon. 

She has been living in London since June 1990 and has also lived briefly in Chile and Argentina. She speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Her cross-cultural upbringing, way of life and friends, have left her feeling universal, belonging to no place in particular and to all places at once. Her own true home and eternal shelter is music, that all-encompassing wonder, without which, as Nietzsche rightfully declared, “life would not be worth living."