lorraine m glessner

lorraine m glessner

Memory, experience, all of life is made up of layers. Everything we do is cumulative to what we have done before and everything we perceive is in the context of what we know.

I grew up in the seventies, when pattern and tactility existed everywhere from shag carpeting, funky needlepoint and macramé, to my mother’s paisley dresses. When I was young, one of my first house chores was to rake the shag carpeting and I loved making patterns in it as I did this. I also loved to run my hands along the flocked wallpaper as I walked down the hallway to my bedroom. From the very start of my creative life, pattern, tactility, mark making, process and craft have played a part and continue in my work today.

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.

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