Lauand proclaimed that her work was “based on elements that are inherent to painting itself: form, space, color, and movement. I love synthesis, precision, and exact thinking.” She was the only woman in Grupo Ruptura, a São Paulo–based coterie of Concrete artists, who emphasized rationality and mathematical rigor in their work. Like many Grupo Ruptura members, Lauand leaned heavily on Gestalt theory’s explanation of the mechanics of vision, to create paintings suggestive of movement and three-dimensionality. In this work, black lines painted around a central void appear to rotate like a vortex, while the unframed board seems to float off the wall.
Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020