October 1 - October 31, 2015
Lori Kent is a New York City-based visual artist and writer. She works primarily in beeswax, wood and other organic materials to create pastoral images, often reduced to elements such as grass, trees, sky, and dirt. Her paintings document cultivated, idealized or nonexistent nature. Each image is a proposition about paradise lost or reconfigured in her native South.
Dr. Kent is a graduate of Columbia University and works as an artist, designer, and arts professor. Post- Katrina, she is a participant in the Vestiges Project in New Orleans and organizer of “Fear of Water” community arts project. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2006) a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012) and artist residencies at The Anderson Center and The Harvey Foundation, Venice. In 2009-10, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Jan Matekjo Academy of Art, Krakow, along with Fulbright Travel Awards to lecture on her work in Stockholm and Helsinki.
A sense of place might completely escape us or perhaps transform into the ideal landscapes of over-processed memory. Green fields become more and more abstract through the act of remembering yet somehow grow in truth. Can the pasture be called a witness or a lie? The small-scale related works encourage groupings of place, rearrangements that become both travelogue and mnemonic. The paintings are a selection of mostly southern landscapes, a re-remembering after many years of separation. The memory shared may be a sense of quietness, beauty, the sublime or the grey and necessary act of forgetting.
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