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Lara Odell: Untitled, For The Rumpus

Work / Illustration

Illustration: Lara Odell’s papercuts are just ever so nice

Lara’s practice stretches all the way across printmaking, woodcuts, video, stop-motion animation and writing, and with such a broad spectrum under her belt she has plenty to inform what has become a very refined aesthetic. With a range of colours that practically oozes her native California – tanned limbs, blue skies and sunshine yellow houses? Yes please! – and a first-rate grasp of composition, her work is suuuuuper nice.

We’re especially excited about her papercuts; empty spaces and carefully rendered tiny detail work together harmoniously to create quietly funny images, with whole visual narratives transcending their medium to tell stories. Lara’s not afriad of their fragility, either; watch police cars crumple and airplanes fall to pieces as she plays with the temporary nature of the pieces she creates. Lovely stuff!

Houses

Lara Odell: 5530 Anaheim Road

Typewriter

Lara Odell: Untitled

Plane-1

Lara Odell: Airplane

Plane-2

Lara Odell: Airplane

Police

Lara Odell: Police Car

Police-2

Lara Odell: Police Car

Vintage

Lara Odell: Ida A Novel

Hands

Lara Odell: Body Shaped Bodies

Trousers

Lara Odell: Body Shaped Bodies