La Force (b. 1983) is a multimedia artist with concentrations in painting and collage. She attended the State University of New York College at Potsdam where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2007. Then continuing her education at School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University she earned her Master of Fine Arts in 2012. La Force paints intimately detailed portraits in oil on panel. Her objective is not to flatter the subject or fortify their vanity, but rather to challenge the idealized versions in which they see themselves. Her paintings convey the artist’s perspective of beauty often unseen or underestimated by the subjects portrayed. Her collages rooted in humor and a sense of playfulness explore a more impulsive and intuitive approach to her creative practice. Both practices work together to balance a need for precision and control in painting with the desire to pursue the undefined to see what emerges in collage. La Force continues to live and work in Massachusetts.
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