Aiwa Laurel D-G (More commonly known as LAVALAND_TV, Ava Laurel, or by stage name Lava La Rue) is a 19 year old visual artist and musician from London, UK.
Although Ava had been illustrating and taking candid pictures of family and friends from a young age, most of her works had been kept personal -never being formally taught in the arts had put her off showcasing her creativity.
However, after briefly taking on fashion promotion and photography at further education, Ava began showcasing projects online - leading her to gain various jobs in commercial/event photography and design. She soon dropped out to pursue these as a career.
In late December 2015, Ava started a side project under the pseudonym “Lava La Rue” -an anagram of her name- which takes extracts of poems written in her personal sketchbooks and presents them over mellow, jazz inspired hip-hop productions. Laurel would go on to form NiNE8 collective in order to create an accessible platform and network for young DIY artists like herself. Ava now works as the creative director for both the collective and its boutique clothing line "HAUS OF NiNE VIII" as well as events management for NiNE8's arts/music board.
Despite her works taking various contrasting platforms, Laurel keeps them all intertwined – with recurring themes in identity and politics.