Lannan/Lo is a polytheistic spiritualist artist working in multiple disciplines, spanning casein, oil, illustration, cartooning, fiber, land art, and object-making. Their work expresses a lifelong sense of otherness, of nepantla, which has been mediated through years of building relationships with the numinous, grounding himself in a sense of place, and honoring his Chicano history. Drawing from the deep wells of myth and the sensate experience of ritual, he goal is to guide the viewer through the animate, inspirited world along with him.
A large part of their artistic practice involves working bioregionally with the land, including foraging for ink and mineral pigment from the local environment. No solvents, harsh chemicals, heavy metal pigments, or single-use products are used in the studio, and all painting is done on wood, paper, ethically-sourced canvas and linen, or found objects.
Lannan currently lives and works on unceded land known as Vancouver, British Columbia, and is humbly situated with a numinous western view of mountains, sea, and sky.
Neptantla is a Nahuatl term used to describe a "middle path", the state of being "in-between", or more simply, "liminality". It is the sense of embodying a reconciliation of opposites that is unique to the Latin American experience, born from centuries of mixing indigenous, colonial, settler, and other realities and embracing what emerges through the meeting of fluid multiplicities.
There are few terrestrial sources of blue color. If not the products of human alchemy, most are sourced from chthonic places, deep in the earth. Two of my favorite blue pigments come to us, directly or indirectly, through the death and decay of living things: vivianite, a sacred mineral of the Coast Salish peoples often found growing as crystals on bones in anaerobic environments, and Prussian blue, a detoxifying agent commonly used in medicine, of which the original 300-year old recipe made use of blood.