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Lorraine Glessner

Painting

Using landscape as inspiration, connection and metaphor, my interest is in the exploration of human interaction and psyche-the navigation of the line between what is hidden and revealed to others. Real and imagined stories exploring inner demons, desires and vulnerabilities of the human mind fuel my work. The consequence of revealing what is hidden can be both a dream and a nightmare, causing a chain reaction gamut of emotions ranging from anguish to exhilaration. The amalgamation of these intense emotions and the simultaneous existence of danger and seduction within the earth and the body is what I investigate through my work. Recent paintings involve the process of digitally layering satellite image captures of abandoned manufacturing, amusement and housing development sites along with my own photographs of abandonment and loss encountered during urban hikes and cemetery explorations. These digital studies are translated into paintings beginning with a dense under-painting of organic forms consisting of swirling clumps of lines referencing roots and veins-the underlying channels integral to life. This framework serves as an infrastructure for subsequent layers of encaustic paint, fabric and human hair. Collaged fragments of found images act as another form of paint as well as trigger memory and create personal connections. Through the mark-making and painting process, the actual storied histories of the combined images is interwoven with my own personal experiences and imaginings about their history. As the painted and collaged layers accumulate, patterns begin to fuse, splinter and regenerate, acting as a metaphor for the volatility and vulnerability found in the relationships between earth and humankind and between humans themselves.