Audra Weaser’s work takes nature as its central point of reference, resulting in physically charged images reminiscent of watery landscapes. As the artist explains, “I’m continually inspired by the elements of the natural world which are in a constant state of flux — from the powerful force of rushing waters to shafts of light glimpsed through a forest of trees. These external states often correspond to internal feelings which I hope to elicit in the viewer.”
These abstracted scenes are formed from rhythmic manipulations of color and materials. Her process begins with loose charcoal sketches, upon which she builds layers of pigment. As her intuitive, organic composition emerges, the artist refines and then obscures her creation with a veil of white until the initial colors disappear. Then, through the negative process of sanding, she navigates back into her painted surface. In this excavation, mysterious forms emerge anew from the white expanse. These works evoke images such as swampy bayous, mystical forests, and light shining in from gathering weather. They channel an essence of what is unseen, yet translated into a visual and poetic experience.
Audra Weaser was raised in Southern California and lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University. She is represented by galleries in Baltimore, Park City, Los Angeles, and by SLATE contemporary in Oakland, California. Her work is in private collections around the world, including Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, London, and Singapore, among others.