"At Mount Meru" New paintings by Laine Justice Laine Justice
Laine Justice is a painter with extraordinary, otherworldly vision. Upon silk stretched canvases, she skillfully incorporates oil paint, powdered pigments, gold leaf, glitter and graphite drawings to create epic works that read as both riveting abstractions and densely layered narratives. In the main gallery will be her new body of work, "At Mount Meru". The eight paintings interpret scenes from the mythological Battle of Mara, where and when Mara futilely attempts to derail Siddhartha from his momentous path towards enlightenment. Within many of the Eastern religions, Mara is recognized as a supernatural being that is the literal and symbolic metaphor of the negative forces that conspire to draw us into darkness. Laine Justice visually depicts this universal story of good vs. evil through a multitude of hybridized creatures, both familiar and fantastical, which populate her dynamic canvases.