Lorrie Fredette

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Proper Limits Installation Day 5

Artist’s Statement

My installations are inspired by environmental and medical news stories pulled from today’s headlines as well as historical events. Source material so far has included the swine, avian and Spanish flu epidemics, vector borne diseases such as Lyme, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and West Nile Virus and the increased incidence of poison ivy with the growth of greenhouse gases. Once I’ve chosen an area of focus, I embark on a rigorous course of research and gather images, which I then alter, vet and reject through an elaborate system designed to completely subvert and distort any likeness to the original source. I am interested in this confluence of science and art, in methodology that thwarts my natural hand and in the contrast between “ugly” origins and sublime outcomes. The use of wax in its natural color as my primary medium is intentional — the neutral palette emphasizes shape, the aroma can be intoxicating and the texture is one that invites touch — all in support of my goal to lure viewers into an experience that they would certainly try to avoid had they encountered the original infection.

Lorrie Fredette holds a BFA from the Herron School of Art/Indiana University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions. Venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art (Jacksonville, FL), Art & History Museum-Maitland (Maitland, FL), Cynthia Reeves @ Mass MoCA’s Art Campus (North Adams, MA), Art Miami (FL), and the Downtown Art Fair (New York, NY). She has participated in residencies at the Saltonstall Foundation, the Adolf and Virginia Dehn Visiting Artist Program at Loomis Chaffee, and the Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work is included in several collections including the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Jyväskylän Taidemuseo, Jyväskylä, Finland.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the editor of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of eight books and chapbooks, including This Visit (Blazevox, 2015), How to be Another (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her ninth book, Heisenberg’s Salon, is available now for pre-order from Blazevox. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, and Verse Daily.