From a distance Lara Alexander’s work appear as subtle, delicate black smudges, dark and abstract and somehow slightly threatening. It takes a moment to register the shifting variations of tone, revealing that these are not abstractions at all. They cloak and hide figures and eyes as though some kind of stygian mist has descended over their denizens. Charcoal, the most traditional of tools, is Alexander’s apparatus of choice, applied in thick layers that obscure and mystify her subjects unveiling a noirish effect. Lara Alexander completed her Bachelor of Arts at RMIT in 2011.