Everything about Lora Zombie’s art screams: narrative attitude, laced with quick-wit. The bleeding of watercolour, scratched-out fonts and splashes of paint are throwbacks to early grunge poster art or ‘grunge effects’. The style is synonymous with the early Ray Gun Magazine styling of David Carson, elements of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the more painterly styling of Susan Rothberg. The main mediums used by Lora are fluorescent ink and watercolour, whose tones comes from the greatest palette of all, nature itself! These inks and meandering watercolours intertwine to create the bold narrative statements she’s known for; they do what all art should – touch nerves and illicit a response!
Lora Zombie honed her craft in her teens drawing fan art in the internet forums of the band, Gorillaz. Her success and interests transitioned into similar musings in the Banksy forums and with growing confidence, onto the social media stage: Tumblr, Facebook, Deviant Art and Instagram. The social platforms that Lora owes a lot too (another set of words for ‘owes a lot too’) and she is very open about her love of these platforms. She states frequently that they have allowed her work to be seen by the masses, propelling her name into regions and community it might not have reached otherwise. Lora’s live-streams are as expressive and vibrant as she is! These are hosted quite frequently regularly, for charity or other functions, and in them you get to witness firsthand the ‘on the fly’ approach to her artistic creation.
Her grunge art has been described as chaotic – she says in an interview:
“The word ‘chaos’ is especially appropriate…but the thing is that without harmony you cannot do it, too. The harmony is in colours, which I take from the best and endless source of colour solutions: from nature”