‘Flower Mound’

Allison Schulnik, Los Angeles

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Her solo show runs Feb. 24 through April 28 at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

Background
Schulnik comes from a family of painters, architects, and draftsmen, and she works in a variety of disciplines: painting, sculpture, animation. She  studied at California Institute of the Arts, and her work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and others.

Inspiration
“I had been working a lot with the mound image—big bundles of things all lumped together, swelling and weaving.” She created a similar scene in her animated film, “Mound,” which will be screened at her show. “Someone told me [the painting] looked like a giant gravestone covered in flowers and cats.” 

Creation
“Flower Mound” is an oil painting on two linen panels that together measure more than 8 by 12 feet. Schulnik started by creating multiple drawings; the figure at top right was modeled after her. She also scattered cats throughout the painting; the felines and flowers “just felt natural,” she says.

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This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue.

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