View a new collection of Lori’s acrylics at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse throughout November.
The show can be viewed whenever The Carrot is open, and The Carrot’s hours are as follows;
Find out more about The Carrot at http://www.thecarrot.ca
Lori has been compelled by Beauty perhaps as long as she can remember and it is her desire to powerfully impact her world with it. She has gathered it about her as much as possible in hopes that it might influence her with its profound example. As years passed, she began to realize that this ability to retain her childlike wonder and attachment to beauty was unique. She really did see beauty and meaning where others might simply walk by. Within her artwork you will find an invitation to re engage in that childlike wonder and explore the painting before you freely. Find some personal meaning where it may not be obvious upon first glance.
Painting for Lori is a conversation that often continues long after the painting is completed. She invites her audience to join that conversation. From this place of deferred judgement, she invites us to wonder, `What do I see? Lori’s choice of the abstract expressionist style is deliberate. She desires to allow the expressive marks to remain indistinct, non-representational and open to interpretation, much like
cloud gazing. Lori creates space for the viewer to be free to explore the view and find themselves within the conversation.
A language that touches the heart, beauty can change things. As we use beauty to influence our surroundings, we ourselves are changed. Beauty opens doors and windows allowing the light in. Conversations begin. Hearts are softened. It compels the heart, soothes the weary soul and lifts the spirit.
Lori loves the luminescent quality found in ancient stained glass windows and how their colours play against the texture of the walls of the cathedrals they are found in. Their shimmering beauty inspires us even centuries after their creation. The layers of rich, vibrant, colour, particularly the yellow, blue, red and violet so often found in her work seek to inspire through their illumination as well. Keeping that in mind, Lori desires to illuminate the story of Us.
Each piece is a ponderance of those things that we really don’t understand but remain a mystery all our lives. Ever noticed that we seem to like it that way? There are natural phenomenon that make our mouth drop open if we were to ever take the time to contemplate them. Such things seem to be enwrapped in enigma, not really meant to be reasoned out but rather allowed to flutter over our hearts. These unexplained and unexamined phenomena seem to create flutterings and stirrings deep within us leaving us a bit unsettled. Somehow in a good way. It is in this place of awe and wonder that we can tip our heads back and be transported right then and there.
Childhood recollections of kites dancing in the wind, billowing clouds racing in a summer storm, and the northern lights have at times made me pull off a busy highway just to encounter their mystery. They all somehow possess the capacity to stop me in my tracks. In an instant, I am changed by the encounter. Somehow, I never want to loose that moment of awe that I had when I was young and gazed at the world through younger eyes. I invite you to join the conversation of flutterings, stirrings and sightings and linger just a bit.