"I've never understood the conflict between abstraction and naturalism. Since all paintings are inherently abstract to begin with there doesn't seem to be an argument there."
- Milton Glaser
"Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above the ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away–an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost the sense of something that lives and endures beneath the eternal flux. What we see is blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains." - Carl Jung
Nature is the primary motif in my artwork. I like the simple everyday things that people tend to neglect - sticks, leaves, plants - although these things are not really so simple and have a complex living structure and story of their own.
I'm especially inspired by plant structures that exist underneath the surface - roots and rhizomes. These structures serve as metaphors in my life - temporary hierarchies and branching constants. My parents encouraged me and my siblings to move as far away from home as soon as possible - to find a home that is truly ours. So, for better or worse, I did this and lived in many different places, but I always longed for my original home where I felt a connection to the land and people. Now, I feel a combined sense of rootlessness and rootedness - a floating life.
And, I'm an unapologetic treehugger. My family loves to walk in forests and there we feel our strongest bonds - tangled yet simple. I worry about desforestation, and in my own way, seek to preserve the woods.
In art and life, I'm fascinated by the jittery conflict I see between abstraction and realism, and the simplified geometries imposed on the world by humans - bridges, buildings, frames, etc. - and the complex and "wild" geometry we think nature imposes on us.
Instead of buying frames and attaching them to my art, I often use visual framing as an integral part of the images. Through framing, I explore ideas about reverance and sentimentality. I merge landscape imagery with images of frames, buildings, construction, and decorative artifacts such as rugs and wallpaper patterns.
Trained in printmaking and photography, I also work with paint and ceramics: merging media and elements into highly textured collages.
- Lori Bradley