LALA [Lacey And Layla Art] is a professional collaboration of public muralists composed of artists Lacey Jane Wilburn and Layla Folkmann, born in Edmonton, Alberta in the heart of Treaty 6 territory. Since 2010, the duo has completed over 140 public mural interventions across Canada, France, Honduras, Iceland and Uganda. Specialising in site-specific public creations that respond directly to local communities, they have received over $150,000.00 in grants from provincial and municipal funding.
Along the way, the women leave their mark in the form of expressive portrait murals that capture local people, culture and the environment. Utilising both bold colour schematics and heightened light effects, they bridge their portrait art with a contemporary street art aesthetic. Their art is a celebration of everyday heroes from local communities, from a 2021 mural memorialising Vancouver punk legend, Mr. Chi Pig, to a 2020 mural inspired by the artwork of local kids for the StArt Up Underpass Program in Toronto and a 2016 mural at Edmonton’s Rogers Place Arena celebrating the faces of Boyle Street Community Services for the unhoused.
Together, the duo studied Fine Art at Grant MacEwan University in 2009, and completed her BFA’s with Great Distinction at Concordia University in Montreal in 2016 after a semester abroad at the L’École d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux in France. Collectively, they have received the Vancouver University Women’s Club Scholarship (2021), The Yves Gaucher Prize in Studio Arts (2016), the D. L. Stevenson Colour Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2014), the Francis Henderson Klingle Scholarship (2009), The Women’s Canadian Club of Edmonton Award (2009), The Edmonton Glenora Rotary Club Award in Fine Art (2009), The Barbara and John Poole Family Endowed Fund for the Arts (2009) and the Jason Lang Scholarship for Excellence (2007). In 2022, Wilburn obtained her Master’s in Fine Art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design where she now works as a professor, and Folkmann was the recipient of the 2021 Artists Trust Fund Award from the Edmonton ArtsCouncil.
Our intent with this project is to create something colourful and light-hearted, with our distinct blend of vibrant luminosity and representational natural realism will contribute to a sculpture that is both joyous and inviting and a contemporary artistic collaboration. We have developed dozens of murals across the country that respond to the unique atmosphere and environment of each region we paint, taking great strides and pride in our community-engaged approach to design development, and research into the local history, natural splendours, and community heartbeats.
The painting proposal is of a honey bee and a crocus flower, in short, they represent the resilience of mother nature. The crocus is one of the first flowers to poke through the snow after a harsh Alberta winter, and the honey bee is incredibly tenacious and hearty, working tirelessly, travelling kilometres to collect pollen to survive.