lori field

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

Silverpoint Process

Silverpoint is an ancient drawing technique done with a metal stylus (real silver point embedded in wood) on a prepared gesso surface. The gesso has t be heated and applied to the paper while warm. Field applies 15 to 20 coats of heated gesso to prepare the surface to receive the markings from the silverpoint. She waits for it to dry between coats and alternate directions of the coats as they are applied. After the gesso is completely dried she lightly sands the top surface with an extra fine jewelers sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible. She then begins the drawing, working slowly and carefully because unlike pencil, silverpoint cannot be erases. After the drawing is finished it eventually will tarnish as it oxidizes due to sulfur content in the air much like silverware does in the drawer. That is part of the unique quality of the line and the fully oxidized drawing will have a softer burnished sepia tone to it.

Silverpoint drawings