Born in Toronto, L. Koltun has an interdisciplinary practice in time-based and object-based media, surfacing new meanings through defamiliarization and a sometimes off-kilter beauty. Working in a surreal documentary idiom, her practice seeks to create unsettling works inspired by the natural and human environment and a fascination for deep-rooted societal behaviours and suppressed, disputed or disregarded values.
Following a noted career as a cultural executive and Canadian photography scholar, she completed a BFA summa cum laude at the University of Ottawa in 2014, winning two awards. She has completed sculptural and painting commissions and has exhibited still and moving imagery, and installation and performance works in Ottawa, Montreal, Gatineau, Kingston and Toronto and area. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery and continues as a longstanding Adjunct Research Professor in Art History at Carleton University.