Lorraine Tady


graphite and conte on paper
30 x 22 inches

My investigative process employs diagramming, mapping, plan/elevation, cross section, and a translation/re-translation inquiry—allowing my images to be intuitively found, extracted, analyzed, shifted and represented in various arrays. These clarifying systematic formulas are sometimes borrowed from meaningful sources (i.e. London Heathrow Airport) but often are subverted for my own intentions. Serial arrangements exist throughout my paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture as my conceptual abstraction perpetuates and reinvents the components of my visual vocabulary.

There is a meditation within the making of my art often influenced by my travels to specific sites (i.e. Effigy Mounds, Iowa or Isafjordur, Iceland). Applying wide sources of arcane knowledge, the work is evidence of mapping an experience, a place or an intuition—a type of spatial graph that is also structural.

The subtitle Octagon Vibration Series is partially in homage to the Swiss artist/healer Emma Kunz (1892-1963) who harnessed spiritual energy and used a divination tool in her abstract drawings.

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