In recent years, Lara de Moor (Dutch, 1969) has gradually narrowed her focus to the representation of interiors as places of testimonial value. She collects and combines these interiors and the objects she finds there. Mostly she uses her own spaces, but she has also based works on friends’ interiors, both in Holland and abroad. As she rearranges furniture and adds elements, the history of the place exerts its undeniable influence.
As there is no such thing as a factual reproduction of what we see, De Moor’s work revolves around her belief that our view is formed through past experience, slowly honed by hopes and fears. It is this elusiveness of true observation in particular which she embraces in her work. De Moor: “Painting lends itself very well to approaching this subject, since the painting in itself is both present and absent, possible and impossible. It hangs still and silent on the wall and at the same time suggests an opening to another space. In the painting I seek to get the most out of this suggestive quality, which I find in the overlapping field of what is possible and what is not.”
In De Moor’s work, what is absent is as important as what is present. We often seem to have missed an event that has just taken place, but the remaining objects can be equally telling. They can be viewed as charged traces of human behavior. Her paintings often reveal the precise moment when balance is slowly tilted towards a higher level of intensity. That uncertain moment, just before or after balance is achieved, can be found in most of her work.
De Moor explores various questions rooted in her own experiences. Thoughts about loss, compassion, and solace underlie a number of her recent paintings. Some of these works show garments on various supporting structures, offered up, almost dead, always uninhabited. But the spaces are alive, with some unknown presence casting either shapes of light or dark orbs of shadow. The light of a space is powerful enough to change the direction of the floor boards, almost literally moving the ground beneath our feet.