Santa Clara, CA
A sense of time, memory, and place is what Lorraine Lawson aims to convey in her art. Surfaces are scratched, chiseled, and sanded, adding to the multi-dimensional essence of the co-existence of nature and humanity. These are heady ambitions for abstract paintings. Lawson uses a painterly approach to expressing life within and beyond everyday reality. Symbols also play an important role in her art making. Symbols that convey cultural identity are orchestrated into significant compositions that reflect their origin.
The bond between people and place, topophylia, is the result of combining the “texture of life” with related symbols. While these works can be enjoyed for the inherent aesthetic beauty, they invite and challenge the viewer to take the time to first recognize, then absorb the symbols and messages of our greater and interconnected existence.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website