The walls of Lala Abaddon’s live-in studio are covered with kaleidoscopic, weaving photographs. She bows at her work station, braiding her photographic pieces together at an incredible pace, reading the dizzy, mystical looking pattern she’s designed like an ancient alchemic text and feeding her bird Poquito small pieces of fig from her fingers. The rate at which she can work is staggering. The walls are abundant with frames; finished pieces sit, ready to be sent to exhibition. The artist admits that she nests in her prismatic studio, working uncounted hours, in the effort to constantly push herself into new projects. “I’m always looking to push,” Lala says, while her bright eyes track Poquito leaping onto our producer’s shoulder. “I don’t want to become stagnant.”
Lala, who chatted with us comfortably while she worked, has an exciting showing record for an artist her age; she will be in nearly a dozen exhibitions this year throughout the US, while working in residency and preparing for an ambitious meta-performance with Long Road Projects. The artist plans to build a cocoon of her weaving around her own body and broadcast the experience via live-stream, so that viewers can access the piece with the sort of intimacy/distance that digital viewing has brought to art.
Lala states, “Often I will sit up to 14 hours a day, weaving my work together. This piece could take up to 24 hours. It’s a project I have been wanting to do since I very first began weaving my photographs.” The performance will then result in a site-specific installation and the documentation of the time-elapsed, all of which will be on view at Knew Conscious Gallery in Denver, Colorado for her solo exhibition on December 10, 2016.
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