Who is la Uollas?
La Uollas (i.e. the Wallace), real name Lorena Lepori, was born in Rome – Italy – in 1974. She lives and work in the Netherlands.
In her early days on social media, she picks up an alias not much as to give herself an aura of mystery, but more as to avoid the infamous and embarrassing ex-alumni reunions that the somewhat weird Facebook regulars would repeatedly and obsessively throw – the type of social events she has always heartily despised. Still, that Facebook community and showcase would later become a valuable tool for sharing her future works.
“Ohhh, this doesn’t sound like the usual mindless, boring, getting-to-know you chit-chat. This sounds like you actually have something to say”
No, the question is not “who’s Lorena” but “who’s la Uollas” and, more precisely “…why Uollas? What does it even mean?”
These are the questions that I’m most frequently asked
La Uollas (pronounced la Wallace) is a nickname inspired by Mia Wallace, the character from Tarantino’s masterpiece ‘Pulp Fiction’ (who doesn’t know it?), the girl who overdoses and dies for a little while but then comes back to life thanks to an adrenaline injection – yes, right in the core of her heart.
So what do I, La Uollas, have in common with that character? I’m obviously not a gangster’s moll (my other half is a musician). I’m a self-taught painter. But just like the character, I somehow came back to life at a certain point in my existence.
Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times”.
There could never be a better metaphor to describe my view of what I do.
There are no art schools in my background, no schools to support me. Just Passion. Passion and practice. Lots of practice. Practice and the urge to always do better, to always go beyond my limits.
I hope this urge is never appeased.
Painting has been a life support device in my darkest and hardest moments. It has spurred me forwards, towards change, thriving for the future.
Painting is the adrenaline that saved my life.
I’ve been drawing all my life and, from the first moment I set pencil to paper, I’ve always been drawing women. There’s nothing more exciting and inspiring to me than working with gentle, feminine shapes. With subjects that, while not necessarily beautiful in a conventional way, I enjoy making more colourful and visually eloquent.
These women mean to surprise, scare, or even annoy. They make the viewer wonder:
“Who does she think she is?”.
If you can resist the temptation to hastily judge and search into their gaze a little longer, you’ll probably discover something strangely familiar, strangely intimate.