Lori Brook Johnson, BA Senior Exhibition in Drawing

Surroundings

Lori Brook Johnson, BA Senior Exhibition
December 5–December 15, 2014
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery
Highsmith Union
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00–6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: December 5, 6-8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

(image right) Lori Brook Johnson, Dryin', From BA Exhibition Portfolio, Surroundings, 2014. Graphite on hot pressed water color paper.

Several pieces of Lori Brook Johnson's BA Senior Exhibition Portfolio, Surroundings, are included in the BA Senior Group Exhibition along with ten other candidates whose portfolios are the culmination of their work toward a bachelor of arts degree in art.

Artist Statement: 
Working from life, I draw mundane and familiar subject matter to better understand and experience relationships for, as humans, we are intimately connected with our immediate surroundings. Every piece is process-oriented with a focus on what is often over-looked. 

The still-life represents the relationship and tension between the stillness of the moment and the change that occurs when working with/from life. I am constantly forming viewpoints, memories, and feelings in relation to my surroundings; and the objects I observe undergo their own shifts that occur due to changing light and the process of decay. These shifts or changes create relationships and those relationships also move, grow, and change. Each moment occurs in a continuum and exists because of a definite before and sets up the stage for the next moment—the after, which, in turn, becomes the before for the following moment.

This means that what occurs in each moment is not in a defined, static stage but is constantly changing and creating new relationships With a focus on the tension between observation and memory, stillness and movement, and precision and immediacy; each piece creates a space between action and stillness, which communicates that the work is simply between breaths and is just on the cusp of inhaling again.—Lori Brooke Johnson