Larisse Hall

Both a painter and a sculptor, Hall ceased her 18 year career in fashion in 2008 to pursue her art full time. Exhibiting her first light sculpture in 2014, Hall became captivated with the colour of light and determined to infuse light and the colour of, into her painted works. After a years worth of experimentation Hall successfully produced her first light infused ‘sketches’. That same year Hall’s light sculpture ‘Flirt’ was long listed in the Aesthetica Art Prize, York, England. Excitedly Hall continues to work with light from her studio in Nelson. Developing her time transformative light painting concurrently with her light sculpture, Hall’s work combines traditional techniques of painting and form with infused physical light. Influences include light artists James Turrell, Carlos Cruz Diez, Regine Schumann and artists Max Gimblett, Gretchen Albrecht and Mervyn Williams (to name a few).

Artist statement

Evocative of societies cultural rhythms, ‘An introduction’ celebrates our gregarious nature. Referencing both the spoken word and the body language used when communicating with each other. Acknowledging that initial energy of interaction / association. Reminiscent of when you first meet and introduce yourself.

Standing tall and life size, the installation lives in real time. Functioning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By day, the forms stand plain and white, allowing the stance of, along with their shadows, to establish a
simplistic dialogue.

Time transformative, the changing light of day subtly allows the sculpture to ‘breathe’. As light ebbs and flows between bright sunlight and shadowed cloud cover, the forms fluctuate from plain and white, to being infused with subtle hints of colour from within.

When dark, the true strength of internal light is revealed, transforming the sculpture into a light installation. The physical quality of the light emanating from within, acting as ‘colour’ – enhancing the ‘action’ of the form. The light within coming alive and dancing between the pairs. Connecting them at an inner level. Darkness emphasising the active relationship between ‘friends’. Celebrating the gregarious nature of society.

NOTE: ‘An introduction…’ has been updated from my original temporary Light Nelson 2014 version to ensure longevity. It is now suitable for permanent installation.

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