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Jessica Lavadour: Coastal Beauty in Resin

Peace and Liquidity

Jessica Lavadour, the US-based resin artist, creates entrancing liquefied visuals with a gorgeously natural aura. Swirling vivid colors combine with frothy and light breaks and ripples, creating an ocean of glossy indulgence that is as refreshing as it is beautiful.

Painting by Jessica Lavadour, resin, acrylic, and concrete on wood panel

Using resin, acrylic paint, and concrete on cradled wood panels allows Lavadour to create a unique sheen; “I landed on resin as a medium because I have something called synaesthesia, I see music and voices in color and the liquidity of resin painting really seemed to mesh well with that.” Lavadour’s rare perception of the world drives her to capture the strange, unified, and harmonious fusion of colors, sounds, and the senses in a visual art form.

Painting by Jessica Lavadour, resin, acrylic, and concrete on wood panel

Art has always been present in her life, growing up in a scenic reservation in Pendleton in Oregon. Her work is heavily inspired with the natural beauty of coastal lines of Oregon. She is an “enrolled Tribal member with the confederated tribes of the Umatilla Indian reservation and began practicing art at a very young age.” Lavadour practiced many traditional forms of art, from basket weaving to beadwork, and tried her hand at writing until she found her artistic release in the work she produces.

Painting by Jessica Lavadour, resin, acrylic, and concrete on wood panel

Two years ago Lavadour left her job to pursue art full-time and has been focusing on that solely since then. Her creative process is simple; “I like to turn the music up and just go for it.” Drawing most of her inspiration from the Oregon coast where she spent a lot of her childhood, Lavadour uses her hands as a primary tool, as opposed to other traditional art techniques.

Painting by Jessica Lavadour, resin, acrylic, and concrete on wood panel

“I hope that my work helps others achieve some sort of peace in their lives. I’ve always struggled a little with that myself and I think that making art that invokes some sort of nostalgia for a place that brought someone peace or happiness is definitely a goal of mine.”

Painting by Jessica Lavadour, resin, acrylic, and concrete on wood panel

Her organic and tactile approach pays dividends to the acutely geographical, ocean-like aesthetic of her works that transport the viewer to a profoundly quiet, peaceful, and nostalgic headspace. It is certain that Jessica Lavadour achieves this plight with her deep capturing of hue, light, sheen and peaceful, nature-reminiscent colors.

All images copyright of Jessica Lavadour

You can view more work by Jessica on her Instagram and website.

Article written by Kate Smith

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