A Place for the Moon, opening reception, April 6, 5-11 p.m., on display through April 27, S.P.Q.R., spqrartspace.com.
rtist Lupita Carrasco hasn’t had an easy life. With a turbulent upbringing, affected by her mother’s unpredictable mental illness, Carrasco has often turned to her artwork to cope. Between caring for her mother and raising her six children, it makes sense that she explores what she calls “multi-generational connections” in her artwork — expressive and detailed paintings that draw from both life and imagination. Influenced by her family, her Mexican heritage and her Roman Catholic upbringing, Carrasco’s paintings are personal and intimate expressions of a life spent looking for the beauty in things. Her artist statement says: “Lately I find myself exploring the beauty we encounter daily, the freedom of sleep, the ever-changing sky.” Tonight, meet Carrasco at her opening reception at S.P.Q.R., and take a look at her recent body of work. S.P.Q.R. owner Brett Andrus calls her “a really powerful woman, mother and painter.”