For Lena Adamina Waldau, the materials used in an artwork are an essential part of its story. “The starting point," she notes, “often lies in the material I have collected; suddenly something wants to be turned into art.” Working in oils, acrylics, and a range of other media, she creates works with a strong sense of physicality and depth. Each image is given a vibrant, direct presence, whether it depicts a realistic scene or an abstract pattern. Juxtaposing textures and colors to strong effect, her intricately layered images set off of a chain of possibilities that ignite the viewer’s imagination.
“Art interests me as a mode of discussion,” she says, and that focus on communication is also reflected in the clarity of her compositions. The artist’s unerring eye for line and balance provides each work with a strong center, so that even a seemingly casual piece has a precision that brings it into focus. The result is a body of work that formulates a unique, coherent visual language from a wide variety of media, styles and subjects.