In her second solo exhibition at Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn-based artist Hilary Lorenz uses the physical and visceral experiences of hiking through remote natural landscapes as the touchstones of a remarkable new series of etchings, woodcuts and water-based drawings, “Tracing Nature.” The drawings and prints are cognitive maps of specific regions, (the Adirondacks of New York and the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico) and document both the changing weather, the sounds of nature, isolation, and the passage of time through the changing environment. But the images created with Lorenz’s characteristic, near-obsessive marks, lines and circles, are abstract and intuitive; they are as much time-lines of internal journeys, infused with feats of personal endurance and strength as they are external depictions of the land.
Lorenz writes, “The topographical nature of my work, both imagined and natural, evolves from my subconscious as I shape and transform the two-dimensional space with the memory of my own physical experiences of how my body moves through space, whether it is the crowded streets of Manhattan or the rigorous Southwestern mountain terrain. My physical body holds the memory of experience that I then decode in my artwork to explore the notion of transience, chance, and difference.”
Hilary Lorenz received her MFA from the University of Iowa. She has had numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent museum group shows include: the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico; the Taiwan Museum of Art and the Frans Masereel Centrum, voor Graphische Kunst, Belgium. Lorenz has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the NEA-MidAtlantic Foundation, the Miskolc Museum of Contemporary Art in Hungary, and the Lower East Side Printshop, New York. She has collaborated on books and broadsides with poets Elaine Equi, Albert Mobilio, and Gerrit Henry. Her artwork has been reviewed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and Art on Paper. The prints in this exhibition were produce during a one-year, fully funded, printmaking residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York City.