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Lara Salmon

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Masr, 2013 Lara's Blood and Watercolor on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Jumprope, 2013 Watercolor and Ink on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Birthday in Syria, 2013 Watercolor and Ink on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Fleeing Family, 2013 Watercolor and Ink on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Siham, 2013 Watercolor and Ink on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Maryan, 2013 Watercolor and Ink on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Mother and Son, Syria, 2013 Watercolor and Ink on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Syrian mother with baby, 2013 Watercolor and Ink on Paper © Lara Salmon
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Mother, 2012 Her Blood and Black & White Acrylic 16" by 20" © Lara Salmon
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Kevin, Blood Portrait, 2012 His Blood and Black & White Acrylic 12" by 36" © Lara Salmon
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Jon, 2012 His Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Brent, from The Blood Portrait Project, 2012 His Blood and Black, White & Gold Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Hafle Michelle, 2012 Party Goer's Blood and Black & White Acrylic 12" by 36" © Lara Salmon
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Jason and Kady, 2012 Jason and Kady's Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Ashly, 2012 Her Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Marion, 2012 Her Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Marion ll, 2012 Her Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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John H., 2012 His Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Timothy, 2012 His Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Skyler, 2012 His Blood and Black & White Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Richard, painted in his blood, 2012 His Blood and Black, White, Blue & Yellow Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Anna Paquin, 2012 Lara's Blood and Black, White & Green Acrylic 24" by 32" © Lara Salmon
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Sookie Stackhouse, 2012 Blood From Anonymous and Black & White Acrylic 8" by 10" © Lara Salmon
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Sumanji, 2012 Her Blood 11" by 15" © Lara Salmon
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Justine, 2012 Her Blood 11" by 15" © Lara Salmon
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Habibi, 2012 Lara's Blood and Black & White Acrylic 12" by 36" © Lara Salmon
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Skyler, 5/19/2012 Skyler's Blood and Black & White Acrylic on Canvas 20" by 16" © Lara Salmon
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Father, 2011 Oil and Lara's Blood on Canvas 36" by 24" © Lara Salmon
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Spring IV, 2011 Lara's Blood on Chiffonade Curtain © Lara Salmon
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Collision, 2010 Dead Animals, Formaldehyde, Needles © Moussa Shabandar
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Collision, 2010 Dead Animals, Formaldehyde, Needles © Moussa Shabandar
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Collision, 2010 Dead Animals, Formaldehyde, Needles © Moussa Shabandar
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777--wrath, 2010 © The American University of Beirut
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The Airmail Project
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
San Diego, CA
Birth year
1987
Lives in
West Hollywood
Works in
West Hollywood
Schools
The American University of Beirut (AUB), 2009, Fine Art
University of California Berkeley
Representing galleries
Tags
blood art mixed-media, blood, video-art, performance, conceptual, modern, exhibition/performance
Statement

 

Lara Salmon was born in 1987 in San Diego, California. Her childhood years were spent filling notebooks with drawings of princesses and mermaids, playing pretend in the backyard, and making videos with the girl down the street and Mom’s camera.

At age fifteen an experience with severe chronic pain in Lara's hips and knees began. It was at this point that the innocent artistic endeavors of childhood took on morbid undertones.

Upon partial recovery Lara moved north to study at UC Berkeley. She spent her final year of college in Beirut, Lebanon, where she completed a provocative senior thesis (see Collision), had her first experience with performance art (see 777), and developed a love for the Middle East.

Lara currently lives in Los Angeles, California. In 2011 she began painting with blood, a year later beginning work on The Blood Portrait Project, in which she uses her phlebotomy knowledge to paint people in their blood.

Soon to follow was Blood Film, a collaboration with Kevin Walker. It is an experimental short, which screened in twenty-three festivals, received six awards and has several distribution offers.

Lara is now working on The Veil stop-motion film project inspired by her experience as a woman in the Middle East and in California. She also prepares for No Vacancy, an art show to benefit Syrian refugees, and pursues acting opportunities.