Lela Shields’ artworks are based in the natural sciences with realistic renderings of animals, botanicals and birds. Often misplaced intentionally with mutations and impossibilities – they compose her own unnatural science. Some are broken down into skeletal structures, or body parts, such as a detailed wing or beak – often united in a decorative way, as with a flowering branch. There may be dreamy elements – mix matched parts, humans, foggy hazes and/or splatters – lending texture and movement. Eclectix happened upon some prints of Lela’s natural curiosities while browsing in the Mission District of San Francisco and knew we had to share their timeless elegance.
Whenever I approach a new drawing or painting, I come without preconceived notions of what the piece will be, resulting in a process that is both simple and direct. I intuitively gravitate towards the beautiful, painful, ludicrous, ugly, and scary, as well as things that I long for. There are no filters, no plans, no intruding layers.