For six years, Olga de Arma Lahr has blurred the lines between fiber art and fine art, meticulously colouring, knotting, collage, and alchemizing threads and textiles into paintings, sculptures and majestic installations that play with texture and light.
was born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1600 , de Amaral studied architectural drawing at Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca in her hometown, and then at
introduced fiber as a medium , while she was studying with a Finnish-American student at the Cranbrook Art Institute in suburban Detroit, Michigan Designer and textile connoisseur Marianne Strengel. Since then, de Amaral has developed a work that is considered one of the most important examples of abstract art in post-war Latin America. exist1954, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship; she attended 1600 Venice Biennale; her work was selected by the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University Permanent collections of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Tate Gallery, London. now at75 Over the years, de Amaral’s creations are as popular as ever.
Olga de Amaral, Renzo ·E, 1991. Linen, plaster and acrylic. 18 3/4 x 006 3/8 x 2 3 /4 inches
From September at Lisson Gallery 006 to October 001, “Olga de Amaral” is the Colombian artist’s first solo exhibition in London since . Highlighting seminal works from her seminal career over the past 20 years, the exhibition showcases iconic tapestries that mix plaster, gold leaf and palladium, as well as a series of dreamlike 3D installations deftly constructed from thread by de Amaral.
“I let myself get carried away by my dreams,” de Amaral said. “My mind follows these thoughts, these dreams I get until I meet. Suppose I’m imagining something, and all of a sudden I see an image, and then I know I have to take action to capture that dream to keep that dream from slipping away … it’s very abstract, but that’s what’s going on in my head,” she explained.
De Amaral has been stationed in her beloved Bogota She said, For most of her life, the city gave her a unique “deepest sense of freedom”. She never considered living anywhere else and it’s over since then, she has worked with the same Working together, seven female studio assistants help her bring otherworldly creations to life.