Larissa Russell a long time Edmontonian has been creative her whole life. She has created and taught art and creativity for over 30 years. Larissa is a self taught acrylics abstract artist that dabbles in many other mediums. Her current passion is installation work and she is currently working on a few new pieces.
I have been a creative person my whole life, I have tried many creative endeavours, from interior painting specialties back in the 90’s, through to healing through creativity today, and everything in between in my 30+ years of teaching and creating.
My favourite medium is acrylics, and my signature is adding metal foils. I love the flow of colour against the edges of the metals.
I truly believe that everyone is creative in different ways. I love working with people to heal themselves through creativity. Using different mediums, painting, writing, beads, meditation and so much more.
Through my own work of healing through creativity I have started creating installation pieces. I feel so passionate about the messages that art conveys, and it was my way of working through my own healing.
My current work for sale comes from my own healing journey, using colour and texture to get my feelings out on the canvas. My installation pieces, which are not for sale, have allowed me to go deeper into the collective pain and trauma, the fight back, and how the fists come down harder as we fight for our rights.
Installation Pieces - Not for Sale
I have been working on some new installation pieces. These pieces are not for sale, they are created to tell a story.
Power and Oppression
This piece was very emotional to create and it is my take on the last 50+ years of the feminine in North America. It is a piece best seen in person to get the full impact of it.
Every aspect is very intentional, the size, the application, the location, the spacing, the medium, the colour, the presence or lack of presence.
On the feminine canvas which is bolted to the masculine canvas, you see the juxtaposition of expectations. From the baby doll (kid like) toe of the stiletto heal to the virginal white (blood stained) garter. The little girl dressed in the exact outfit of the "sexy" school girl.
The masculine canvas has sharp edges, masculine words, including a small 'fear' hidden around the corner. Money, power, sex, and violence take a front line presence. The whitewashed rage, the blood stained headlines of men killing women.
Every aspect of this piece is very intentional. This piece has been a personal and emotional journey to create.