Luisiana Mera

Region: Northeast

City / State: Appleton, WI

 As a figurative artist, I am fascinated by capturing fleeting moments. Memories from my childhood in Panama and portraits of friends are grounds to explore the ephemerality that permeates everyday life. A birthday cake, a cartoon, a subtle gesture—subjects that feel impermanent are transformed by the labor of rendering them realistically. My subject matter changes but I always work in series, following an idea to its end. Sometimes I will spend days depicting a single moment that felt unimportant as it passed, trying to savor the tension in memorializing its nature of unrepeatability. I am guided by the hope that this tension will layer itself into my compositions, which are dedicated to the transience of youth, beauty, and the contours of memory.