Independent Project Press is pleased to present the elegant and delightful work of local artist and master printmaker Lori Michelon. Galaxial Gamines: A Conversation About Haute Couture and Alien Life Forms, An Exhibit of Relief Rubbercuts on paper by Lori Michelon will be on view in The Project Room from April 23rd thru May 14th, 2016.
About this current exhibit of her work, Lori says,” I am exploring the nature of humanness: how we dress, how we present ourselves to the world, who we are in the bigger picture of the universe. I like clothes; I think we all make decisions about what we are going to wear in the morning, how we look. Though it’s not in my range, either price-wise or personality-wise, I enjoy looking at fashion magazines. Some of the clothing seems so preposterous, yet quite beautiful: the fabric, the line, the drape. And because I also love Star Wars, and have since I saw the first movie when it came out in the 70s, I thought: why not put some alien life forms in haute couture? Why not have this conversation about clothing and personality and what it is to be human, or not? Why not have this juxtaposition of the elegant with the strange?
Lori has lived on and off in the Eastern Sierra since 1975 (the off parts: everywhere from San Francisco to Sonoma County to Santa Barbara to France) She returned to graduate school in 2000, commuting weekly from her home in Tom’s Place to Cal State Long Beach for five years. In 2005, she received her MFA with an emphasis in Printmaking. Since that time she has been continuing to explore and master relief printmaking in her home studio. as well as teaching studio art and art history at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes.
Lori’s art attests to her amazing vision, humor and her ability to translate this through her deep knowledge and mastery of technique. In her own words, Lori relates: “I love relief printmaking. I love the craftiness of it, the laborious nature of it: the many steps of the drawing, the carving, and the printing. And I love the innate uncertainty of the medium -- I often don’t know exactly what I have until I finally pull the paper off he block!