Artsy: Can you tell us about the figures featured in these new works? What are their relationships to one another? Are the power dynamics that were present in the “Greenheads” at play here?
LA: These newer figures are often gendered and vary from each other; there are also stumps of figures that wield at times inordinate control. Some figures are operating without heads. And, unlike the Greenheads, there are moments of what might be called tenderness. Like the Greenheads, desperation is at play: a willingness to self-destruct, to organize or overthrow. The threat of violence and the signs of former violence are present, though not much really happens in the paintings.
Artsy: What emotions and ideas do you hope to inspire in viewers through these works?
LA: I always aim to leave enough space for the viewers to name what is going on in their own way. I want that space to allow for a range of reactions that I might not anticipate. It means I have to relinquish any desire to manipulate the viewer into a particular point of view on these works. I put a great deal of conflicting thoughts, ideas, and emotions into the works, but I can only vouch for that part of it.