PAINTING • MIXED MEDIA • GRAPHIC DESIGN • CREATIVE DIRECTION
In the 1970’s, Lori broke long-standing traditions in the fire departments and ambulance services by becoming the first female paramedic in the United States. During those years she also studied graphic design and advertising at Art Center College of Design, and although her dream was to become a doctor, she was diverted by a lucrative position for an international beauty/fashion manufacturer, where she spent 20 years producing award-winning ad campaigns, trade show exhibits and packaging.
She earned her MD degree at the age of 56, and now has shifted her focus back to art. She is currently working on educational large-scale presentations that combine both passions. In October 2014, she launched a new community based arts project, The Human Element Project. Her most recent work has been exhibited at the American University of Paris, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Hillel, UCLA and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Lori combines her passion for art and science by creating collaborative installations that are not only art pieces but also the result of community engagement projects where sensitive and powerful stories are told and memories are preserved.
The Human Element Project is an interactive, dynamic and creative opportunity to develop thought-provoking public art installations that make powerful social statements about the connection between art, science and the human experience. Our goal is to create an on-going dialog dedicated to exploring current social issues; the refugee crisis, discrimination, bullying, crimes against humanity and genocide. Over the past four years, we have documented and exhibited the stories of over 500 Holocaust survivors, victims of the Guatemalan genocide, Syrian refugees settled Paris and local children who have experienced discrimination and bullying. Through these public exhibitions, we have been able to expose thousands of people to the victim’s visual and written stories and have invited interest, engagement and education on these sensitive projects. The Human Element Project is currently working with the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, Australia, FAFG in Guatemala and The Health Wagon, Apalachia to visually document a diverse stories of human survival.
Lori's fine are and human element projects have been exhibited at The American University of Paris, Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Arts Festival, The Institute for Genetic Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine, The Whole 9 Gallery, Breed Street Shul, TAG Gallery - Bergamot Station, and the La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Permanent installations of her work can be found at the Beverly Hills Synagogue, LAC+USC Medical Center and DOW Research and Technology Center in Collegeville, PA and The American University of Paris.
Lori works as a physician on a volunteer basis with her husband, also a physician. They work in local free clinics and in developing countries around the world. Lori has found a unique niche that manifests as a creative link between art and science. Her work as a physician inspires her as an artist, and her artistic vision inspires her work as a physician.
My passions are kinetic, always in motion and often hard to reel into one finite idea. I have a deep love for art, science and the human experience and it is through this triad that my work is based. My work with acrylic is concrete in its foundation but fluid in my portrayal of emotion and movement through color and alternative techniques. I rarely use brushes, I prefer to work with my hands, allowing myself to feel the contact between the paint and the canvas. This method allows me to use my entire body to guide all parts of my hand to create strokes and textures. Collectively, the work reflects my journey from being a yong artist and designer, to becoming a physician later in life and working in developing countries to ultimately returning to my creative roots to express all that I’ve learned. My audience is swings broadly from those that want to feel life’s emotion through color, texture and non-representational composition, to those that enjoy the texture, depth and rich stories of my mixed-media and enhanced photography work.
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