by Daryle Dickens
Sometimes the clay breaks in the kiln, coffee is spilt on the sketch pad, film is ruined during development, or the interviewer’s tape recorder fails to record. As much as we try to control every aspect of a given project setbacks will happen. Everyone I asked advised me to just move on through it. This is my attempt to finally do just that.
I sat down with Lori in December of 2005 for this article. I had met her a year earlier on the 2004 MOCA Studio Tour. From that meeting I thought of her as the artist who sculpted the horses. The long legged horses that seemed to put her on the map. But as I talked to her I learned that her artistic depth reached much farther than horses. We talked for a little over an hour about art and life. I was pretty excited in the moment because it seemed like it was a good interview with a lot of good material. It was not until I got home and started to write the article that I realized my trusty tape recorder had malfunctioned. So now I am left with a few notes and the memory of our conversation to rely on. Here goes.
Like many artist Lorri lives a full life. She has a family and a career on her plate as well as her art. Her home is a statement on how they all fit together. The front yard of her house is graced by a large horse sculptor. Walking into the front door is walking into a small gallery displaying her work. Some old some new. And tucked back in what could be the dining room is her studio. And even though Lorri’s art takes up a lot of room in her home she said that her family supports her in her work. In fact her daughter is quite proud to have a mom who is an artist. Lorri knows that one day though her work will outgrow her house and will require a separate studio but for now it works out fine to be able to work in her home with her family around her.
Horses are just a small part of Lorri’s work. She also creates beautiful figures that have depth and meaning to her. It seems that every piece of Lorri’s work tells a story of her life. Stories of a journey and of self discover that she must tell.
Lorri lives and works in Fort Collins but her art is beginning to have an international impact. In 2004 she met a sculptor from Zimbabwe, Collen Nyanhongo, and the two formed a friendship that grew into an artistic partnership. In 2005 the two taught workshops together and started to notice a similarities in each others sculptures. Many of their works appear to by done by the same sculpture but in a different material. They have titled this “Unexpected Agreements” and it will be featured in a joint exhibition this summer at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Fort Collins.
Lorri also works at developing the art community. She has been a participant in MOCA’s studio tour and also demonstrated how her horses are made in the September/October 2005 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.
After talking to Lorri I got a sense that she is just getting warmed up and has a big future as an artist ahead of her. Be sure to explore her website to see more of her amazing work. And take the time to visit MOCA this summer to experience Lorri’s work first hand.