Lara Salmon is a visual artist who works primarily in performance. In her pieces, she uses her body to produce micro movements to draw attention to the macro—global sociopolitical structures. Enacted with quiet determination, the work is at a constant interplay between overindulgence and restriction to her body. She challenges linearity by dismembering time: accelerating it through rushes of excess, or expanding it through prolonged or repetitive movement.
Lara’s body is the vessel for her practice and the mechanism through which she realizes meaning in the work. Lara’s struggle with chronic physical pain and the lifestyle of pain management she must maintain informs this endeavor. She aspires to push personal boundaries and rescind comfort as an act of respect for the complexity of human suffering.
Lara was born in San Diego, California. She has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, completing her thesis at The American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She has worked and studied in the Middle East, and been involved with several projects to unite refugee aid with art—experiences that continue to inform her practice. Lara is based in Los Angeles and travels frequently to work in international communities.
In 2018 Lara was an artist-in-residence at the following international artist residencies: SomoS Art Space in Berlin, Germany; Haven for Artists in Beirut, Lebanon; and Queens Collective in Marrakech, Morocco.
Lara is currently working with Regina Mamou on the collaborative practice Research for the Bermuda Triangle. This unification draws on a body-based and research-based production to excavate the unknown. More information can be found on their website: www.researchbermudatriangle.xyz