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The Colonel and the Muse

9 Nov
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Lala Drona (right), and Muse Leira (left)

What Lala Drona wrote had the tendency to come true.  Fortunately (and unfortunately)  for her, all the desires and dreams that she had written had already come true, and she was now living them.  Lala lied alone in her bed and thought about how creation comes from a lack, and how a satiated writer isn’t much of a writer at all.  Lala thought about what she wanted.  What did she desire?  Perhaps it was world domination, perhaps it was to get the art laboratory  back in business.  Whatever it was, it was in that moment that Lala realized she wanted nothing more than to be lying next to someone else.

 

The story of Muse Leira

In 18th century Portugal, in the small town of Messejana, Colonel Morgado died and left his estate to his four servants.  His loyal and dedicated Muse, grew depressed from the lack of creative collaboration with the Colonel.  Over the years that followed, the battle strategy notebooks and plans they created together disappeared,  buried in dust.  Muse Leira refused to occupy any other room after the Colonel’s death and condemned herself to those four walls for eternity.

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Messejana, Portugal

It wasn’t until recently, three centuries later, that Leira had the opportunity to dust off her inspiration projectors and collaborate with artists visiting the Colonel’s room.

 

The last servant left alive in the house decided to move into the house next door and rent out the Morgado home.  A young couple moved into the house with their baby, but made a point to stay out of the Colonel’s room at night, as recommended by the previous owner.  Muse Leira haunted the room at all hours, but her image only appeared at night, when she had the power to touch the tenants of the room.

The couple converted the house into an art residency, inviting international artists from

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Colonel Morgado’s room

around the world to visit and work on their projects.

 

Winnie was the first to stay in the Colonel’s room.  She was an ink-landscape painter from China.   The lights constantly switched on and off and the bulbs burned out.  Winnie saw Muse Leira for the first time on the night of the new moon.  She could not sleep and when she opened her eyes and rolled over, a head covered in a white cloth bag stared straight back at her.  Needless to say, Winnie left the residency early.
Madeleine was the next to stay in the Colonel’s room.  She was an abstract expressionist painter from France.  She began work right away on the first day and filled the room with canvas and color.  When she woke up the first morning, she saw that all of her t-shirts and pants had been thrown on the floor.  But no matter, she submitted to the strong inspiration that boiled from within and jumped out of bed to continue painting. 70_year_old_art_supplies_by_kymmacaleb-d492xvm.jpg

Night fell and while working at her desk, Madeleine tipped over a bottle of varnish.  She desperately looked for a cloth to absorb the liquid and took one that was handed to her.  She dabbed the painting with no result, and looked down at the cloth to find it was one of her t-shirts from the floor.  She looked to her side to see who handed it to her, and Muse Leira stood there, wearing all of Madeleine’s clothes and giggling.  After a bit of an awkward meeting, Madeleine and Leira became good friends and collaborated easily for the remainder of her stay in the Colonel’s room.

After Madeleine left, the room grew cold again, the air stagnant without the flow of creative energy.  A week went by and artist Lala Drona, an American painter living in Paris,Screenshot 2018-11-09 at 18.51.05 moved into the Colonel’s room.  On the first day, Lala rearranged the room to take advantage of the light coming in from the windows.  Lala’s painting materials still hadn’t arrived and she felt herself growing weak from the lack of creation.  She woke up in the middle of the night sick with a cold.  The roosters crowed and the dogs barked outside, rattling the bed she slept in.  Lala found the strength to approach the tissue box in front of the mirror on the other side of the room.  She grabbed a tissue and while blowing her nose, she looked into the mirror to find the head covered in a cloth bag standing behind her.  Lala would have screamed if she hadn’t lost her voice.

Muse Leira ran across the wall and knocked a trapped door open before hiding in the corner.  Realizing Leira was a muse, and having had extensive experience with muses, Lala tried to calm her while tiptoeing towards the trapped door.  Inside, Lala found old paintings on paper—portraits of the Colonel and his servants.  Further inside, she found charcoal.IMG_3345

Lala started coughing and Muse Leira led her back to bed.  Muse Leira brought over a board with paper and the charcoal and sat next to Lala.  She set up the drawing board and Lala began sketching out ideas for paintings.  She thought about what she wanted.  She thought about the relationships she had had with the Drones (assistants in her former art laboratory), other artists and muses.  Muse Leira reminded her that it is those relationships which make Lala human.

 


Over the next few days, Leira nursed Lala back to health.  Leira inspired Lala, and Lala grew stronger with every collaboration.  Lala’s painting supplies finally arrived, and thanks to Muse Leira, she is now off to a strong beginning.

Based on a fact.

Kendal Dreges, Minisota Artlife Press

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Go Hashtag Yourself Interview, 2018

5 Oct

Lala Drona sits down with L.D. Times Magazine once again for an exclusive  interview.  This time she discusses the ways in which social media and the Internet influence and affect her work as an artist.  Read the full article here.

 

 

Lala goes blonde: show in the Marais–Paris

9 Sep

Image result for blond hair pngLala Drona opened the season last night with with a new look: Bleach blonde hair.   “I wanted to mark, and celebrate my first show in the Marais,” Lala said when asked about her new blonde hair.
She showed her triptych “The Power of the Click: Women’s bodies on the Internet” at the exhibition Lettres, Mots et Clics.  The exhibition opening took place at Galerie Art’et Miss in the Marais, a Parisian neighbourhood webbed of cobblestone streets, a trendy neighbourhood which is home to a large LGBT community and a diverse array of streetart.  See the video of the exhibition below.

If you’d like to read more about these pieces, please visit http://www.laladrona.com/paintings.html

Goodbye beauty and into the Darkness

28 Aug

I am beautiful

Artist:  “How would you describe this painting?”

Viewer: “I like it, but it’s so dark.  Sort of bumming me out.”

Artist:  “Really? You think it’s dark?

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“Dr. Royal” 2013, by Lala Drona

 

I have dedicated my entire life to creating art.  Spanning from paintings, to video, to performance art, to short fiction.  I believe that creating from the most personal, connects most universally.  However, words in the form of viewer-comments hover over my creations, descriptors like “suffering,” “painful,” and “dark.”

The funny thing is, I’ve always been embarrassed of my dark side showing, although it is the natural way I create.  I feel like I seem weak, too self-pitying or self-indulgent; I’m ruining your good time.  During the creative process, my mind and hand have made a pact to tone down the darkness, to try and make it more digestible through bright colors, or balanced/symmetrical design which is pleasing to the eye.

 

I look at my pieces now with suspicion.  My themes are dark, and most embody suffering, because that has been my reality.  The decision to aesthetically express darkness and suffering in a way that is pleasing to the eye

“Beautiful on the Inside” 2017, by Lala Drona

plays the role of propaganda and glamourizes a perpetual cycle of suffering.  It packages hard truths in a cruelty-free, sterile and overly-inspected product—something impersonal and all too easy for the mind to take in and forget, trauma-free.

The truth is, as a woman with my specific experience, I believe that I’ve expressed my darkness through the scope of beauty because I felt that this was the only way my experience had value.  I am beautiful, therefore I am.  Gaining and being rejected access to resources has been heavily based on my outward appearance and presentation ([un]attractive; woman), and has infiltrated the most sacred parts of my being, and now I’ve been creating from it.  The societal pressures to be “polite,” “make sure everyone’s having a good time,” and “keep it light” have only served to silence my voice and my art has suffered because of it.  I am aesthetically pleasing to them.  I am beautiful, therefore I am theirs.

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“Moyen No. 1” 2015 by Lala Drona

                  Confronting the darkness within, a darkness I believe we all have access to, and then unabashedly expressing it, is one of my greatest fears.  However, I have always believed that if something scares you, it is a sign that you are going in the right direction, so you must do it.  The darkness in my work seems to always peek through, and now its time to confront it and accept it fully.  To approach its truth.

 

“Doom and Destiny” 2017, by Lala Drona

I fear that I’ll lose a handle on reality when diving into the darkness and chaos.  I fear what I will discover, what doors I may open or whether I’ll be able to return from the madness.  However, I must reconcile this within myself, and so here today, I pledge to create something brazenly dark.  No protection, and no filters that make the message more digestible.

I will release myself from the external motivators, from the viewer-comments and the male-gaze.  I will neither be nice nor polite, and I definitely will not “keep it light.”  I will create something “ugly,” and I will make the viewer

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“The First Follower” 2018, by Lala Drona

accompany me into the darkness.  Because We still exist without the mask of their “beauty.”  I will create something that aesthetically matches and communicates its message.  I will communicate truth.

Yes, I am beautiful, but I am not theirs.

 

See Lala Drona at her next exhibition in Paris at Galerie Art’et Miss in Paris, France– Sept. 8th 6pm-8pm.

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Tarot Reads DEATH: Lala plans funeral arrangement.

11 Aug

title photo funeral plans-001Lala Drona has reported trouble sleeping and vivid nightmares during her spiritual walkabout through the Western United States.  Many dreams end in her death, or the death of another at her own hand.

DSC_0754.JPGWhile perusing along the rusted streets of Sedona, Arizona, Lala Drona stumbled upon a very familiar looking building.  A sudden rush of déjà vu came over her.  The font of the letters on the glass, and the rusted color on the exterior of the shop called to her.  Lala’s dream the night before involved a psychic warning her of imminent death, and the shop in front of her was the spitting image of the shop in her dream.
Tarot readingLala entered and smelled the same nagchampa lavender candle that burned in the dream the night before. She sat on the paisley printed cushions in the room and waited as Madame Bonnie, the same psychic from her dream entered into the room.  Reliving the scene, Lala followed her into a hidden room in the back.

Lala answered Madame Bonnie’s question before she had time to answer it.  “Yes, this is my first tarot reading,” she said.
Madame Bonnie looked into Lala’s eyes and squinted. “You are a very sensitive person, aren’t you?  Perhaps some psychic abilities of your own?”  Madame Bonnie took Lala’s hand and read her past life.  “You were a creative…a very sensitive and spiritual woman in your past life.  Your ideas were unusual but intelligent.  There were many people around you that were jealous, and you died early on because of this…somewhere in your twenties.  You are still this woman today, but today people are much more accepting of your ideas.  This is the time you were meant to live in, so now you are living out the life she didn’t get the chance to.”

Madame Bonnie asked Lala to shuffle the cards, and laid them down on the table in a celtic cross fashion.  Lala anticipated the death card.  As soon as Madame Bonnie laid it down, she said, “Are you dealing with death at the moment, or anything resembling death?”Tarot guide

Lala wanted to tell Madame Bonnie of how she lived her life…of how she intentionally confronted death daily, how she called upon death  everyday in order to live life well.  To appreciate the things she had and to extract drive from it.  However, Lala responded, “No.”
“Many people fear the death card, but it can be a very positive card.  It signifies change, and in your case an extreme change in your career…the death of one thing and the birth of another.  I read that you will soon receive the type of recognition that you have been searching for in your career.”  Lala thought of her projects, the book she’d been writing and her new art piece to be released in an exhibition in October.

Immediately after, Lala called a video
meeting with several Drones and Muses to plan her funeral arrangements.  An open casket funeral displaying the body of the artist covered in flowers, only the breasts and face exposed.  As the artist has vowed to only show her breasts in her paintings, she has denied several prominent photographers her image.  The funeral will be the sole moment in the artist’s life that the public will see her breasts “dans la vie réelle.”  The installation is what Lala Drona likes to call her “final piece.”
Lala explained the piece to Based On a Fact:
“I’m not planning on going anywhere now, but I would like my life’s work to finish with something beautiful and intentional.  As Marina Abramovic said You cannot choreograph death, but you can choreograph your funeral.”

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Harry Gilbert, Sedena Art Tribune

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La Politesse.

6 May

In the form of video performance, Lala Drona recounts her personal experience living abroad.  After moving to Paris, France in 2012, Lala films herself performing in French for the very first time.

She speaks with her face blanketed in flesh-colored mesh; she pulls and pushes through the material, illustrating the tension between the “natural” and “foreign” behaviours she experiences abroad.  The camera frame often segments parts of the face, zooming in on her mouth in order to draw focus to her words.  The video successfully transmits an oppressive ambience, the pressures of living up to societal norms when immersing yourself into a new culture.

Based on a Fact

Damian Fuller, Minimalism and Manners Blog

 

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Happy Women’s Day 2016

8 Mar

Lala Woman's day 2016

L.D. Times Interview: Art Games

23 Jun

After her debut in L.D. Times Magazine last year, Lala Drona appears again, revealing her Muse tendencies.

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SCANDAL! Drone #1 speaks from the grave.

7 Apr

Three months after his death, Drone #1’s cell phone has been discovered.  It was found in the middle of a construction site outside the 13th district of Paris, buried deep in the rubble and it’s memory wiped.  However, the authorities were able to recover some of the lost data.  Among questionable images and messages stored in the phone, was a video of Drone #1 warning his fellow Drones against an alleged evil plot.

The Art Guild intends to question Lala and her Drones in the coming week.  Could Lala really be turning against her Drones and those around her? Or perhaps Drone #1 is misrepresenting Lala…an act of revenge before his banishment from The Lala World?

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Hailey Manning, 27, Journalist for Art Eclectic Webzine

Lala’s prepares exhibition for October this year.

24 Mar

Update on new painting by Lala Drona

Just in, Lala Drona is confirmed to participate in a collective exhibition in Paris this October.  The names of the ten other artists have not yet been released.  The inspiration for the triptych that Lala will create was inspired by her last Lala Laboratory experiment, where she fed one of her Drones to a Muse. Lala Drona has decided to depict the story of how she and the Breast Series are connected and how she has used these images/story to create the artist we know today.

Stay tuned for more information on Lala’s coming exhibition.

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