I often joke that I make art for introverts. I am not entirely joking. I make paintings of the anonymous spaces that I so love—simple corners of not-so-important buildings, the niche that a water fountain occupies, a small piece of a generic dentist office. In an anonymous space, I can be anonymous. I can wear my cloak of invisibility and turn totally inward. I can take a breath. I can refocus my mind. I emphasize the geometry of these spaces in my work, because the orderliness of geometric forms is a great vehicle for contemplation. Subtlety of color—chromatic grays and variety of pastels—allow the paintings to unfold with time and space and require that viewers be both physically and mentally present with the work.
Lana Waldrep-Appl is a central Texas-based artist. She has earned a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Waldrep-Appl has received grants from and participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has exhibited her work in Texas, Virginia, and New York. Waldrep-Appl has been happily teaching painting and drawing at Texas State University since 2010. She shares her home with her husband and young son.