About the Book
It took quite an effort to fully settle into simply being on the water. Perched on the highest branch, an owl watched as the canoe passed. Even though they shared the canyon, the space was big enough for them to lose each other. In some spots the canyon walls receded away from the river to make room for large areas of scrub trees and hearty plants with bright flowers. At one point, she endured a dangerous stretch of river. The anxious adventure made the calm waters welcome and she was soon smiling again. She was grateful to be completely immersed in the journey.
The canoe kept her dry but held the cold of the river. The final mile was silent. The still river water was a perfect reflection of the darkening sky. She pulled the canoe onto the small beach, hungry to rest by a fire. Her eyes grew heavy watching bats flit between stars and soon she fell into the deepest of sleeps.
A defining aspect of Layla Luna’s studio practice is making work in series. Each body of work may differ from one to the next in regards to materials used and specific themes, but two reoccurring interests serve as a common link: our interaction with nature and the attachments we place on objects, spaces, and architecture. The idea of home, as well as its physical structure, has come to embody these interests. Luna was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1975. She received an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in 2016 and a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University in 2008. She studied at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art in 2011. Artist-in-residence programs around the country have played a large role in feeding her need to explore and make work in new environments. Currently Luna resides in Glen Rose, Texas with Abi (the world’s greatest dog).