The Mexican artist Lilia Luján absolutely enjoys all of her work. She doesn't have a particular preference of media or material. In her body of work, Luján loves to experiment, explore new tools, materials, resources, techniques, and let the ideas flow from a concept.
an article written by Mona Lisa Abramovich
There are several sources of inspiration that drives the Mexican self taught artist Lilia Luján, when she’s creating, although it definitely influences a lot the line of work she’s working on; within the fields of painting, sculpture, murals, digital work, design, graphics, illustration, etc. Speaking specifically of the Time Art Collection, there is a fusion of diverse elements of nature and humanity, the relativity of time according to the approach, space, circumstances; the beauty of classical dance as a symbol of freedom and elegance. Architecture, geometry, color, communication, iconography, cryptic language, eroticism, passion, sophistication, fantasy, creativity, dreamlike themes, collage, fashion, technology, among others. Luján’s work is basically a cathartic exercise, where she experiments with combining all the elements in harmony and balance. Intuition, experimentation and aesthetics are the basis of her technique.
The last couple of years, Luján works on the basis of specific projects, thematic collections in any of her lines of work. To Luján, this helps to better structure the creative process, to optimize the artistic production, to focus and identify more clearly the interesting channels of exhibition, promotion and sale. Of course, the organic development of the pieces is also important for the work to flow, although Luján believes this should only be to a certain extent, without losing sight of the goal, the final purpose, the why and what for?
Luján absolutely enjoys all of her work. She doesn't have a particular preference of media or material. In her body of work, Luján loves to experiment, explore new tools, materials, resources, techniques, and let the ideas flow from a concept. In fact sometimes she produces several pieces at the same time. For example, she can be painting, making a sculpture or installation for a few hours, then she rests at the computer answering emails, reviewing new calls, designing digital works, submitting collaborative materials to publications, and more. Luján is disciplined, and tries to make the most of her time.
Whether it is a thematic call or a new studio collection, Luján first takes stock before starting to produce. She sees if it is a project that adds to her professional career, as well as to her personal and spiritual evolution, that nourishes her, that makes her grow, and if she can help others, even better, which is why much of her work is now focused on a socially committed approach.
In the creation of a good composition, Luján undoubtedly and above all points to honesty. Luján points out that honesty always is perceived and appreciated by the good observer, just as he/she can distinguish "fictitious" art -fashionable- from that which is so common nowadays, a product of marketing. Then come the "ornaments", elements or added values that are carried to the creation through time, as a result of years of experience, curiosity, experimentation, evolution, artistic stage, process, resources, intention, philosophy, personal discourse, and so on. In short, that the result is congruent in every way.
I love and value my profession very much, Art is my life engine. I definitely consider myself very fortunate, despite the usual adversities that almost all artists go through, I would not change it for anything. I believe that passion, talent and perseverance are essential ingredients to survive in any era, in addition to constantly renewing oneself, reinventing oneself, exploring new horizons, advancing in the creative process, looking for other options, out of the usual comfort zone.
This article about Lilia Luján is part of the ARTICULATE PROMOTE PROGRAMME.