by Rohan Khanna
The Lance – Contributor
Through music and art, an artist explores the realms of life and death in memory of her father’s passing.
“I feel very touched as the paintings are journey about life and death,” said attendee Laura Quenneville. “I am inspired by Susan Lapp’s abstract work. I love how she told me that everyone has a different perception and everyone can look at it a different way and try to see what they see through the art.”
Art Galia showcased the work of Susan Lapp, a Guelph based artist, Nov. 21. It was an evening of soulful music, picturesque paintings and the spirit of the few people present was undeniably high, though mother nature tired her best to not let that happen. The scheduled plan for the event did not cultivate because of the weather and the few people gathered at the event had the opportunity to witness the artist’s personal journey through grief and enlightenment.
“My father was a musician and an artist and I sat for four months, didn’t paint and composed and wrote poetry and did the CD, and then when I started painting again everything was white, everything came out white with the black notes and then my music was incorporated so the manuscript are the notes from each piece,” said Lapp, about her paintings. “These are abstract and I am a wilderness painter. These are different for me, but I let them do their thing and see where they helped me go.”
Most of her works consisted of acrylic style paintings and expressed the artist’s voyage, her emotions and the music lyrics blending seamlessly, creating a motion on the canvas space intensely and adding symbolism and meaning for the viewers to create their own narration from them.
“I expect people to look at the paintings long enough to get something out of it, that you remember something that reminds you of a memory or a feeling or something, because art should touch you,” said Lapp. “If art speaks to you, it should touch you.”