PAINTING • PHOTOGRAPHY • MIXED MEDIA • GRAPHIC DESIGN • CREATIVE DIRECTION
I identify myself as a mixed-media artist. My work is directly inspired by my culture. I have a passion for the history and traditions of the indigenous people, and I believe that documenting our journey is critically important for a more peaceful and tolerant path for the future - not only for those of our faith, but for the entire human family.
My work is based upon making a connection between art, science and the human element. I use the periodic table as the foundation of my work, combining physical elements with emotional and spiritual attributes to create powerful visual statements.
My current work is inspired by the textures and patina created by the erosion of earth's elements with the passage of time. I depict these chemical transitions with the use of layered acrylic mediums and earth-based metallic pigments to create textured surfaces. These aged surfaces serve as a foundation on which I place small hand-written scrolls that contain sacred stories and personal prayers that I have collected through my work and travels. The tightly rolled scrolls reveal only a small portion of the message, leaving the interpretation and perceived understanding to the viewer’s imagination.
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.
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