Memories of Santa Ana | Oil and Acrylic on Canvas | 2018


Artist Statement: As an immigrant, the narratives that I tell are influenced by old stories and new ones, mythology and contemporary history, my own personal experiences as those of others. I’m very intrigued by spaces and how they can affect and shape its occupants. I am constantly trying to find myself within the space of a canvas, even if it is through the portrait of another or the portrait of someone that exists only in my imagination. These indirect self-portraits are distillations of my identity as a young woman, with all of my fixations, obsessions and anxieties. Over the past few years, I have found that I have become more and more drawn to the tension of a space, the need to fill it, the need to understand its strange sentience. My work has enabled me to develop a language that is able to communicate the ineffable juxtapositions, ironies and paradoxes of human consciousness.


Born in Manila to Filipino and Yugoslav parents, Loribelle Spirovski emigrated to Sydney, Australia at the age of 9. In 2008, Loribelle attended the College of Fine Arts, enrolling first into a Fine Arts degree, and then a Bachelor of Art Education. Since graduating in 2012, Loribelle began her artistic practice and has since become one of the country’s most acclaimed young emerging artists. A two-time finalist in the Archibald Prize, her work is exhibited and collected in Australia, Europe, America and Asia.