Lacy Drissi’s work focuses on the building and deconstruction of life and the relationships in it. Her paintings are layered with depth of emotion and serious subject matter, yet at the same time are infused with a warm humor and lightness born from life experience where tragedy and hope are, after all, inseparable players.
Drissi works primarily with oil, cold wax and acrylic in a technique and approach that favor abstract expressionism. “If I had to name names, I would say I draw inspiration from the work of de Kooning, Basquiat, Twombly, Miro, Rothko and Kline. I am also deeply inspired by Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas and Cindy Sherman.” She describes her process as “an organized little mess,” where paintings reach states of completion only after inevitable rounds of fits and starts, loathing and torment, undoing and reworking, inspiration and realization. “I often hate what I paint at first and work right over it many times to get it where it needs to be. Most artists do I suppose. Almost every work has a pretty colorful history buried beneath all of those layers, but in the end the mess and turbulence and churning seem to be the only way I know how to get to the finish.”
For years the subject matter of Drissi’s work has been heavily influenced by her lifelong battle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and how the chronic disease has affected her life physically and emotionally since her diagnosis at the age of sixteen months. Her creative interests shifted during her mother’s struggle with another degenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The acceptance of life’s most supreme challenges, our reaction to the finality of death, and the intriguing role humor can play even in the direst situations are parallel themes of great interest.
Through her work, she continues a very personal search for better understanding of degenerative diseases and hopes to drastically elevate awareness for stem cell research, its latest advances and the promise it holds for the lives of those affected by neurological degenerative diseases. A portion of every Lacy Drissi sale is donated to Project A.L.S. and the organization’s important efforts to discover a cure.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Drissi received a BA in Art History from UCLA, with an emphasis in painting. Her work can be seen in many private collections. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.