MDI Bio Lab August 10, 2015 presentation (click)
I desire to rediscover old truths and present them in a modern voice. My recent work is inspired by primeval astronomy, depicting how ancient astronomers read the constellations in sequence as story-telling symbols. The twelve constellations of the zodiac are “attached” to their three side (decan) constellationsexpounding each sign’s primeval meaning. In painting this story I’ve appropriated the visual language of time zone charts and used the celestial sphere construct to convey a sense of sequence and space. I use star charts, planispheres and various drafting tools to lay out the star relationships accurately, although when it comes to the painting process, I must feel the edge of each shape through only the bristles of my brush thus integrating my being with the subject and the paint surface. It is in the clarity of edges that I find precise integrity of color relationship leaving no margin for ambiguity. Lori Tremblay
Lori has written a brief narrative about each of the paintings: a body of work that was a three-year journey. Click here to see and read more about Celestial Territories.
Sum and Substance simply defines that which is essence. The quintessential nature, form, or uniqueness at the core of each painting is the carrot ever dangling in front of me. Though the geometry of each piece may unite them as a body or a family of paintings, it is in the developmentof each piece that its individuality is revealed.
Click here to learn more about this body of work.
Click images for larger views.
Originally from Connecticut, Lori relocated in 1985 to attend college and find her passion. Prior to enrolling in the BFA program at The Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine she studied Meteorology and Environmental Biology at Lyndon State College and Plymouth State University respectively. Pursuing her interests in science and mathematics, ultimately she found herself gripped by the paradoxical simplicities and complexities of visual expression in a required art class taught at Plymouth State University by Professor Carl Basner. A chord was struck that began the process of directing and channeling these passions into the practice of painting.
While earning her degree in Printmaking at the Maine College of Art under the tutelage of Professors Alan Gardiner and James D. Cambronne, Lori requested a year of independent study with Professor Cambronne in painting. She received several scholarships from the faculty of the college and in 1992 was one of two students from the Maine College of Art to be nominated for a place at the Yale Summer School of Art and Music.
Choosing to step aside from the traditional path of academia, Lori continues to find inspiration from reading and studying about ancient knowledge and early mathematics. These are rich and limitless sources for her work.