Statement

Maria Lorena Lehman | MLL Atelier, LLC

Statement

TOWARDS BLOOMVISM

I create in a style that I call Bloomvism. This is derived from the floriculture term for “bloom” which means "to flower into full beauty or health". Within my paintings and sculptures, all elements poetically resonate through interactions that create and evoke an ultimate moment of transcendence, not only within the artwork but also within the viewer. This moment is what I call the "Bloom Point", which is created when my art reaches the "sweet spot" of optimum harmonization levels. It is my hope that with Bloomvism as a new artistic movement, I can bring a new vision of harmony to the world. Thus, I define Bloomvism as an artistic practice, design philosophy, and environmental system of harmonization for visualizing the flowering of full beauty in ways that actualize the highest potential of humanity.

IMMERSIONS INTO DEEP NATURE

By primarily working with painting, sculpture, and book authorship to create visionary environmental artefacts of Bloomvism, my research-driven art practice blurs boundaries by deeply bridging architecture, science, and philosophy. I create art that explores the poetic spatial dynamics between the built environment, human beings, nature, and the cosmos, to yield architectural applications and universal interpretations that invite deepening immersion into new invisible worlds found within nature and depicted in my art:

  • At a far distance, my paintings and sculptures are gateways into new natural worlds, inviting viewers into their grand principles that drive their narrative stories in simplest form.
  • At a medium distance, the stories within my paintings and sculptures unfold. This is where each new natural world captures attention and focus, inviting one to stay as long as they wish to fully absorb its systems and story.
  • At a close distance, my paintings and sculptures reveal the relationship between nature’s entities through the way my gestural marks drive one another into harmonious composition. The viewer may even identify with a particular mark as a reflective character.

At the core of all my art is a designed abstraction that obliterates the viewers preconceived notions about my painted and sculpted natural worlds. Each art piece invites the viewer to “begin again” in understanding the new natural world with its own language, causes/effects, and reasons for beauty. To experience my art is to experience a foreign realm, but within this difference is a story of a beautiful new world from the inner-workings of nature that the viewer can bring back to their own.

TURNING DISCORD INTO HARMONY

When painting, I create beautiful depths as water physically pulls paint pigment with gravity. While sculpting, I use parametric algorithms to defy gravity through sculpted forms that take shape in the virtual realm, then actualized in the physical realm. While gravity is invisible, it plays a central role in my art creation, and serves as a real-world example of how nature’s intangible qualities can yield beauty when one knows how to interpret their strengths. Ultimately, my art reveals nature as never seen before, ripe for exploration and ready to change how we see our everyday world and its design for a better future.

In essence, I am worldbuilding.

I get my inspiration from the juxtaposition between the beauty and harmony in the natural world compared to the discord and missed opportunities for beauty in the humanmade world. My mission with Bloomvism is to close this gap, so that what we make as a humanity can rise to enter into beautiful and harmonious symbiosis with the natural world, where both can thrive. Yet, to do this, humanity needs to see beyond the way our world is today – through my art that interprets and makes tangible the otherwise invisible systems that yield nature’s beauty, so humanity can learn from these natural worlds and apply them to humanmade design. In this way, we may heighten our awareness as a humanity so we can beneficially progress into our next evolution toward Bloomvism, a world nurtured into full harmonious beauty.

“For me, creating art is a performance recorded as a dance of the soul. A work of art that profoundly speaks to me and others, is one that resonates between my soul as artist and the souls of those that experience my works.”

— Maria Lorena Lehman