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Lori Field

Lori Field crafts exquisite and wondrous worlds, dreamy yet unsettling, floating somewhere between Alice’s looking glass and the Brothers Grimm’s darkest forest.’ (Barry Blinderman, Director of University Galleries of Illinois State University) Her mixed media drawings, paintings and sculptures straddle the border between reality and dream, past life and present. They evoke subliminal, mysterious worlds – planets of her own creation, demimondes peopled with anthropomorphic ‘angels with attitude’, accompanied by mutants, exhibitionists, seducers, chimeras and other intimate strangers. She believes that her paintings offer a chance to submit to an obsession with obsessiveness, and the chance to explore and visualise the concept of the ‘other’. Thus, making the work deliberately intimate, containing fetishistic figures that are emotionally confrontational and exaggerated in their ‘otherness.’ They offer the ability to provide a means for emotive personification, characterizing or exhibiting human motives and foibles, with external traits suggesting internal ones, through the use of the primitive visual myths of their secret lives and animalistic figures. 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 her ‘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.

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