Lara Salmon grew up in San Diego, California. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has worked primarily in performance since being introduced to the medium while studying in Beirut, Lebanon.
With a personal history of chronic and often unrelenting bodily pain, performance is my way to renew physical purpose for myself and to use my body as a voice to put ideas into the world. I believe action has the unique ability to exist beyond the visual plane. It lives as ideas in the mind and through spoken word, rendering performance at once ephemeral and persisting. I often invite the audience to implicate themselves in my performances, becoming co-creators of their meaning. This work depends upon vulnerability as an objective and bold reflection over outcome.
Lara has been involved with developing projects that unite art with refugee aid since the refugee crisis in Syria began. In 2013 her and her mother produced No Vacancy, an art show to raise awareness and funds for Syrian Refugees. Following this Lara became involved with a project that gave her the opportunity to make several trips to Jordan to work with refugees and refugee aid facilitators. These experiences have greatly influenced the subject matter of her practice and she aspires to continue such work, both related and unrelated to art.