Lara Scolari’s multilayered circles create an enlivening space for contemplation and a resting place for thoughts. Scolari is interested in how energy informs the painting and viewing process. When creating works, she moves from a state of active energy into one of serene immersion. Her paintings also provide a space for the viewer to engage with this spectrum of energy – from vitality to calmness. Her latest paintings share the nuances of her thought processes and create a place to retreat to, to muse and meditate, like being immersed in music. In many works from Scolari, translucent blues and greens meet black, grey and milky white in veiled layers. These resonate with the marine glimmers of the Balmain environment in which the artist lives and works. Others focus primarily on layers of texture and colour, while in some paintings, speckled black circulates in a nest-like reel. When viewing these circles of energy, we are free to be transported to another state of mind. Prolifically producing strong, considered bodies of work, Scolari’s coveted artworks are beautiful in organic form, line, shape and composition.