Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lori Field

Today I randomly saw a work of art by Lori Field while looking at artnet articles, and I was immediately drawn to it. Creamy and dreamy and fantastical and fun, they take me away from my troubles. And that is always a good thing. :) Enjoy.




My mixed media drawings, paintings and sculptures straddle a border between reality and dream, past life and present. They evoke subliminal, mysterious worlds - planets of my own creation, demimondes peopled with anthropomorphic ‘angels with attitude’, accompanied by mutants, exhibitionists, seducers, chimeras........and other intimate strangers.

Submitting to an obsession with obsessiveness, and exploring and visualizing the concept of ‘the other’, the work is deliberately intimate, containing fetishistic figures that are emotionally confrontational and exaggerated in their ‘otherness’. 

Symbolism remains far more felt than understood, more disquieting than soothing. In these primitive visual myths of their secret lives, animalistic figures provide a means for emotive personification, characterizing or exhibiting human motives and foibles, with external traits suggesting internal ones.

These shape-shifting archetypes - a cast of reoccurring characters - create intuitive narratives that explore themes of loss, rebirth, identity, denial, alienation, loneliness......and vulnerability.  Set in their evolving mythological context my ‘creatures’ seduce, and their peculiar environments are redolent of a flawed, human fragility.

Drawing and embroidering tattoos on the bodies, as metaphor for memory, suggests an assimilation of culturally inscribed messages. By playing with my own fairy tales and folklore - by personalizing obsessive symbols and visual language - the work helps me process my own reactions to the real world and the actual events shaping it.






OMG HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THAT EXTREMELY OBNOXIOUS FLICKR HOVER TEXT?!?!?  I HATE IT!




1 comment:

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Thanks for sharing Field's work! Wow.