My name is Lars Milberger. In the beginning of 2020 I found a passion for mixed media/acrylic abstract collage and have created several pieces since then, sizes ranging in 11" x 14" to 3' x 4'. This has been my favorite medium for the past year as creating these pieces is a very raw, emotional process for me. I put on ethereal music in a dark room and create a piece, tearing paper and splattering paint, in an hour or two. The work I am left with seems to give a look into my subconscious, and I see the abstract messages from myself. I also love the way that non-representational abstract art creates endless interpretations for the onlooker. I live in Anaheim with my dad, who is gracious enough to let me temporarily destroy the dining room when I'm in the process of one of my many projects. My bubble throughout this quarantine has been my home, the small businesses that surround it, and the post office which I frequent to send out orders from my online shop.
When I applied to OCSA I was living in Seal Beach; I had heard about it from a few people, and the more I learned, the more intrigued and excited I became. The application process was a bit nerve racking, as I was accepted only two weeks before the start of my freshman year, but learning of my acceptance made me cry tears of joy and relief, and I've been grateful to be a part of OCSA every day since, even if only through my computer.
I am going to be studying Fashion Design in college, as I intend to pursue it professionally. I love visual art and working with two-dimensional media, but my true passion has always been in fashion. I know that my experiences and classical training through conservatory, as well as my manufacturing and sales experience through Winter Market each year, have prepared me for my creative future.