Lyd Walls’ art serves as conduit for emotional exploration, self-discovery

Published 10:37 am Monday, November 13, 2023

Thirty-three pieces of abstract art are currently being displayed in the Gibson-Barham Gallery at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. The “Lyd Walls – “Remembering the Way Home” exhibition has been open for almost two weeks, and will be available for viewing until Dec. 16.

This exhibition offers companionship in the expression of shared, human experiences.

Walls expresses herself with mixed media works that include acrylics, pastels, and graphite.

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In her artist statement, she said that she finds inspiration in the “bare human form, symbolizing vulnerability and raw emotion.”

“My artistic practice revolves around embracing intuitive expression, enabling me to create authentic and deeply personal world of art.”

Ashley Royer, creative coordinator, Imperial Calcasieu Museum, said that Walls’ exploration into the themes of self-reflection and vulnerability are often focused on womanhood.

“I find that she focuses a lot of her abstractions on the female form and experiences from a women’s point of view. The artist is opening a conversation with the viewer and inviting them to share their own experiences mixed with hers.”

Nature is also a source of inspiration for Walls. She employs “deep, rich and earthy hues” to connect those viewing the pieces with nature and add “emotional depth” to the pieces. Royer said that the abstract and open nature of Walls’ pieces allow viewers to “put themselves into the canvases.”

“How do the colors make you feel? Are the markings aggressive or calming? It’s a landscape of brushstrokes and markings that you can get lost in.”

Walls said in her statement that she works in layers to infuse her brush strokes with feeling.

“I explore a range of strokes and marks, varying in intensity and deliberate subtleties leaving echoes of my artistic process, forming a visual narrative that speaks to the layers of emotion and lived experiences embedded within my work.”

Her ultimate artistic goal is to “create an authentic and transformational experience where art becomes a conduit for emotional exploration and self-discovery.”

“Through my expression, I strive to encourage the viewer to reflect on their own intuitive expressions and personal narratives inviting them to embrace vulnerability for themselves.”

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum, 204 W. Sallier St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, educators and military, $2 for seniors and free for uniformed service personnel.