Possessing both fascination and gift for transforming the ordinary into art, Erin Lareau has created her own unique form of art. "Painting" with crystal gems, she transforms objects into glamorous iconic "objet. de fantasie" Miss Lareau's bejeweled purse made from a vintage movie camera was named the "best bag of the evening at The Academy Awards. Her long list of celebrity collectors and clients includes jeweled guitars for Katy Perry, Spinal Tap, Michael Jackson's This Is It, and Orianthi. Lareau has exhibited her dazzling work at art galleries and museums as well as the crème de la crème of shops including Tiffany’s and Geary’s of Beverly Hills.
"Lareau clearly thinks well outside the box. She conjures a whole world coated with tinted, translucent jewels - a world that sparkles with popular culture’s ready glamour, shines with fine art’s formal gravity, and winks with the knowing irony of our post-modernist moment." Art Critic Peter Frank
"I began with a Glass Slipper,…. creating the most beautiful, extravagant, and magical things I could imagine." The ancient art of glass making is now in the machine age. Each Aurora Borealis Crystal is gem-cut with 12 facets. To the naked eye, crystal and titanium gems rival precious jewels, with all the magic of reflected color and light. My "objets de fantasie" have thousands of facets, creating as many as million reflective planes. Once upon a time, only the Czars could afford this shimmering radiance. www.erinlareau.com