Lorraine Bubar is an artist, art educator, and a passionate advocate for the arts. She is a native of Los Angeles and received her B.A. from U.C.L.A. She studied animation at Yale University and her short independent films won numerous awards at animation festivals around the world. Lorraine worked for many years in the animation industry, animating television commercials, special effects for feature films, and feature film titles. During that time, she exhibited her watercolor paintings in numerous art exhibitions. These narrative paintings always included her animation sensibilities: the passage of time and the anticipation of something about to move. She was the featured artist for a calendar published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Drawing on her experience in the animation industry, she began a teaching career, first teaching animation at The Academy of Entertainment and Technology at Santa Monica Community College. Following that, Lorraine taught drawing, painting, and printmaking to middle and high school students at Windward School in West Los Angeles. She is currently an exhibiting artist at TAG, The Artists’ Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and at Chemers Gallery in Tustin, CA. She is also an active member of The Guild of American Papercutters, Women Painters West, and The Fine Arts Council of The American Jewish University.
At first glance, my papercuts depict scenes of koi, birds, water lilies, and trees in their natural environments, however, my work reveals deeper stories. I became interested in papercutting when I realized that so many cultures around the world, ranging from Eastern Europe and China to Mexico, utilize papercutting. As a world traveler, I have always been fascinated with what art forms or “folk art” the local people create. As a woman I have also been interested in how different cultures mark events in their family lives, from holidays to rituals. Papercuts have been created as calendars, to mark births and deaths such as for Day of the Dead, and in Judaic tradition they hung in homes and in synagogues to decorate for holidays. They were created by ordinary people working with the simplest of materials and tools. My papercutting connects me to this extensive cultural heritage, as well as actually utilizing papers created in Asian countries that I have traveled in. Papercutting is an artform that crosses the boundaries of culture, art, and craft. Lines and shapes overlap and the imagery emerges out of the texture and layering of the papers. My papercuts reflect the hierarchy of nature and the intricate layers of life. I reveal bold color contrasts and lacey textural patterns reflecting the contrast between the fragility and strength found in paper itself.
For more on Lorraine Bubar, visit her website at: www.lorrainebubar.com.