"Layla Love’s methodology represents something rare in the venerable medium of photography. She mixes stuff up. That is to say she can be at once as objective about her subject matter and as committed to it as any member of the secular priesthood of Magnum, she can be as disturbingly intimate as Sally Mann and she can take off into a luminous world of high-tech pictorialism. All of which she does without sacrificing consistency. She has a visual vocabulary -- ocean, flowers, butterflies -- in which words can play an integral part. And the words are such that you may feel you have been teleported back to High Hippiedom, but hold on, and listen up. You’re in for a bumpy ride.""
FINE ART GALLERY WORK
Love’s photography has been exhibited worldwide including a photographic selection to the White House permanent collection in 2008. She has shown with Eric Franck Fine Art at Paris Photo, Art Basel, the MoMa sponsored AiPAD Photography Show in New York, which is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography. She has participated in over 100 photographic exhibitions with world-renowned artists such as, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pablo Picasso, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Kara Walker. Love's image The Fullest Bloom, was adapted individually for over 30 Tiffany & Co. Diamond Showrooms worldwide attesting to Love’s attention to detail and mastery of fine art printing.
Love believes art changes people
& people change the world...
More than just a visual artist, Love uses music and performance art to illuminate the driving narrative of her exhibition. The central theme of her work being an exploration of freedom and the parameters within. She captures life as a series of adventures and expeditions into the unknown, returning always with a greater sense of what it means to be human. Having been in both foreign prisons and royal palaces she has learned to employ the power of creative force to transcend. Her intention is to illuminate and reveal in the hopes of igniting a spark of activation. After studying journalism and global communications at Richmond International University in London she realized that visual imagery has the greatest impact in our modern communication process., At 21 she began a five year photojournalism tour to war torn and compromised region with a focus on the plight of women. In New York and other cities she brings her experience to gallery walls – leaving the rest to you
INTERVIEW & BIBLIOGRAPHY
The following text is from an article produced by Reade Tilley about the artist Layla Love and her upcoming 2018 NYC Art Show Fundraiser for her nonprofit Rise of the Butterfly.
Photographer Layla Love charts a path from darkness to redemption
with her new show Rise of the Butterfly—and you’re in it.
Both photographs and butterflies rely on transformation, but if the wings of the latter represent a linear achievement, the former’s realization is more meridian and perhaps incomplete.
At the culmination of capture, develop, stop, fix, rinse, wash and dry (or its digital equivalent) the metamorphosis of photography renders light as where it was, a kind of process to origin. What happens next is to the beholder, and it is on this final stage of transformation that photographer Layla Love is focused.
“An essential reader that beckons the creative human into existence. Love’s Art awakens us to the birthplace of intuition and intellect, the access point to our own unique creativity and humanity. Layla's art invites us to rise. Become more yourself.”
- Daniel Pinchbeck
Writer, Philosopher and Co-Founder of Evolver.net and Center for Planetary Culture
Author, How Soon Is Now, Breaking Open the Head, The Return of Quetzacoatl, Notes from the Edge
“Mark my words, Layla Love's work is historically important. Her methodology represents something rare in the venerable medium of photography. She mixes stuff up. That is to say she can be at once as objective about her subject matter and as committed to it as any member of the secular priesthood of Magnum, she can be as disturbingly intimate as Sally Mann and she can take off into a luminous world of high-tech pictorialism. All of which she does without sacrificing consistency."
- Anthony Haden-Guest
Art Critic, Reporter, Cartoonist, and Author, True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World, The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and the Culture of the Night, The Chronicles of Now
“Gaining insight into your full potential is the creative synergy that Layla Love. Her art is a truly useful tool to guide you to your inner being and to reflect on your deeper self.”
- John Gray
Author, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and Beyond Mars Venus
“Science is changing. In the last decade a fundamental transformation of some of the most cherished concepts of science has occurred. It is not only the result of new theoretical models being put forward but, as well, it is being driven by experimental and observational data that challenges some of the fundamental models of our cosmology and understanding of the subatomic world. One could broadly describe this profound change in our awareness and understanding of reality as a change from a patriarchal world view to an integrated, unified view of polarities where the feminine plays a central role in the creative functions of the universe. These principles are principles of resonance and spherical boundary conditions exchanging information to produce the fundamental forces that generate our reality.
The courageous and extraordinary work of Layla Love exemplifies this transformative moment in human history by the depiction of the strength and power, central to the feminine spirit. In some, cases deeply moving and thought provoking, her work inspires the imagination, transforms the spirit and opens doors towards higher realms of awareness that are critical to self-development.”
- Nassim Haramein
Theoretical Physicist & Founder of Resonance Science Foundation
Author, Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass
“A very powerful, deeply spiritual, magnificent photographer… she carries that vibration of fulfillment in her genius of taking a picture.”
- Michael Bernard Beckwith
Author, Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, TranscenDance Expanded
Founder & Spiritual Director, Agape International Spiritual Center
“I always assumed that the deep difference between art created by the human hand, and art created by the human hand holding a camera, was that the first was more an expression of the imagination, and that the second was more rooted in what we can each see in the world.
That was before I spent a decade or so looking at the images created by the camera of Layla Love. People may become a joyous frieze of images in motion without losing one bit of their recognizability. Butterflies may become a force in the world that makes visible their influence on the weather. Each body part may assume a power of its own, without any danger of objectification. Our literal world is present, powerful, and honest, yet it doesn't create and color and shape the people in it. People create and color and shape the world they're in.
I haven't a clue how she does this. I've been present while she works, and I can vouch for the fact that she is recording real events, not fictionalizing them. Her photographer's "eye" is not created with chemicals or enlargers or other tricks of a darkroom. Her images are as much a part of her as a camera seems to be part of her hand. Indeed, those of us on the other end are more aware of her as a presence than of her camera, which lets us be ourselves.”
- Gloria Steinem
Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Organizer
Co-Founder & Editor, Ms. Magazine; Author, Revolution from Within, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, As If Women Matter
“Layla Love is one of the most exciting new photographers. Her work is extremely personal, yet it is universally beautiful. She probes interiorly into the tender parts of her soul and brings forward deep and rich iconography that is well worth a look.
And She who is of God is Layla Love. I am so grateful to know this amazing artist, who has put her love into her work, and into the world through her art.”
- Alex Grey
Visionary Artist, Poet and Author of Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations,
“I believe that the underlying dynamics of consciousness and what we refer to as ‘reality’ is far beyond the capacity of human understanding. I can’t say I really know what’s going on but I do respect it. Likewise, I respect Layla Love, whose artful photographs seem to capture reality and expand reality at the same time.”
- Android Jones
Independent Artist and Visual Alchemist, Co-Creator of Samskara and Phadroid