Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ prominent art neighborhoods is Michelle Papillion’s new contemporary art space in Leimert Park. Located in East Crenshaw, Papillion is the first on a block that vibes in a similar frequency to the precursors of the Harlem Renaissance. Michelle Papillion is not shy of referencing it and it is her intuition that has made her a pioneer. Amongst her artists is Lakwena Maciver, a London-based emerging painter who makes graphic work with colorful expressions.
Currently on solo exhibition at Papillion is Lakwena’s I Remember Paradise. An evolutionary body of work developed from the artist's piece in Women on the Walls, curated by Jeffrey Deitch for the Wynwood Walls in December 2013. The new work presents a survey on ephemeral nostalgia and the artifacts we leave behind. Amongst the works are poetic phrases such as “Built to Last” and “Just Passing Through.” Behind each painting is the echo of collaboration between Lakwena and her sister, a classically trained composer and poet who helped shape the lyrics to each piece. The paintings feel like songs, each made from bright colors and graphic designs that mirror a dreamer’s optimism juxtapose the melancholic undertone of insecurities within the subconscious mind.