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About Lori Park

Lori Park`s work reflects her fascination with texture and movement as well as the source of much of her inspiration- nature. Her large dress-like female- form sculptures and "textural panels" emerge from her Marrakesh studio, fusing a human language of dance, movement, and energy -with nature. These works display a force of sensuous energy- flowing cascades of texture, layers of color and energy, all embedded with roses, palm fronds, etc., as well as found cultural identity pieces. Her seven "Radiance Figures" -large female dress-like figures formed the core of her solo show at the Museum of Marrakesh, and combined dance as a metaphor with the natural world and spiritual/cultural belief systems (including for example the seven chakras). Lori creates sculptures in many diverse materials, casting in bronze and glass, using mixed-media with paper, resin, cloth, wax, clay. She creates suspended installations, such as larger flying wire figures (hung on monofilament) and sometimes "floating architecture" installations composed of hundreds of suspended wire sculptures all interacting through movement. She also works in sheet copper and brass, and constructs box collages, and collages. Many of her sculptures and installations relate to the natural world in some way, joyous and filled with movement. Others pieces speak to the moment of the time (such as "Eat The War" a bronze Minotaur eating small soldiers!)...questions of culture, questions of human nature, questions about the human condition, questions of existence...all though, a celebration of life- contained within the natural world.

Exhibition History of Lori Park

Solo Exhibitions
2007 The Museum of Marrakech, Marrakech
2007 Galerie Re, Marrakech, Morocco
2005 Dar Cherifa Gallery, Marrakech, Morocco
2003 Atrium Gallery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, London
2003 Galeria Sa Tafona, Mallorca, Spain
2002 Galeria Sa Tafona, Mallorca, Spain
2001 Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington DC
2001 Coral Beach Club, Bermuda
2000 Galeria Sa Tafona, Mallorca, Spain
1999 Cleveland Park Club, Washington D.C.
1998 Howard/Hanson Fine Art Gallery, Ashland, Oregon

Selected Group Exhibitions
Addikra Addahabia 50 - In celebration of His Royal Highness King Mohamed VI’s 50th Birthday with 50 Artists. Sponsored by King Mohammed VI, Marrakech, Morocco, 2013
Coutts, London 2012- 2013
Spitalfields Sculpture Park, Spitalfields Public Art Programme, London, 2011-2012
The Royal Free Hospital, London, 2006-2014
Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2005-2014
Nering + Stern Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 2005-2014
Newby Hall Summer Sculpture Exhibition, North Yorkshire, UK, 2010
Cochabamba, Bolivia, 2010
Augustus Brandt, Petworth, West Sussex, UK, 2009
Artspace, The Barn Galleries, Henley-On-Thames, UK, 2007
Storage Art Gallery, London, UK, 2007
Hardcastle Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware, 2005-2007
Dar Cherifa Gallery, Marrakech, Morocco, 2006
Henley International Festival of Music&the Arts, Henley-On-Thames, UK, 2005
Artspace, The Barn Galleries, Henley-On-Thames, UK, 2005
The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002, 2003, 2004
Galeria Sa Tafona, Mallorca, Spain, 2000-2003
Trobada International d’ Artistas (International Gathering of Artists) Mallorca,2002
Can Puig Galleria, Mallorca, Spain (2-person show), 2001
Bennessar Gallery, Mallorca, Spain, 1999
505 Gallery, Washington D.C., 1998

Biography / CV of Lori Park

In addition to her art, Lori Park spent years working in the environmental field. She divides her time between studios in Marrakech, the UK, and the US. She works on projects and has exhibited in the USA, Europe, the UK, and North Africa.

Artist Statement of Lori Park

I am fascinated by the texture and movement of life as it is held within the pulse of nature. My art changed dramatically after I began working in Marrakech, fed by new cultural influences.

At the core of my art is nature, what has always been a deep source of inspiration for me, in many areas of my life. In Marrakech I experienced an even stronger language of movement and texture, as I was surrounded by dance, music, a sense of pure feeling and timelessness. This continues to emerge in my work as I view dance and movement as a connecting language and an important and sometimes mysterious form of communication between and within cultures.

In particular the large dress-like female- form sculptures and "textural panels" fuse this energy with nature, displaying a force of sensuous movement- flowing cascades of texture, color, and energy. These pieces are embedded with roses, palm fronds, etc, as well as cultural found objects.

I love using many diverse materials in creating my sculptures - casting in bronze and glass, using mixed-media with paper, resin, cloth, plaster wax, clay. I often use found objects that reflect a cultural identity. I work in sheet copper and wire and I like working with sculptures in space: larger flying wire figures as suspended installations (hung on monofilament) and sometimes "floating architecture" installations which are hundreds of wire sculptures all suspended, interacting through movement.

Many of my pieces relate to the natural world, joyous and filled with movement, while others speak to the moment of the time (such as "Eat The War" a bronze minotaur eating small soldiers!)...questions of culture, questions of human nature, questions about the human condition. Though all, I believe, is a celebration of life- contained within the natural world.

Awards and Prizes of Lori Park

2002 Best of Show Award, Trobada International d? Artistas, (International Gathering of Artists) Mallorca, Spain
2000 Deia Art Prize, Non-painting category, Gallery Max, Mallorca, Spain
1998 Artist Grant, Washington D.C. Commission for the Arts, Washington D.C.
1997 Fellowship, Residency, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain NY.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Lori Park

Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco
The Museum of Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
The Royal Bank of Scotland, United Kingdom
Baron and Baroness von Schroder Collection, Germany
The Marquess of Bath (Lord Bath) United Kingdom
Don Pedro Serra Collection, Spain
Peggy Cooper Cafritz Collection, Washington D.C.

2007 – 2014 Marrakech; Belfast; N. Ireland; San Francisco; NYC; Montauk NY; Portland, Maine; Portland, Ore; Porto, Portugal; Mallorca, Spain; Venice; Istanbul.

Qualifications / Education of Lori Park

1993 Harvard University, Masters Degree, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1986 The Evergreen State College, Bachelor`s Degree, Olympia, Washington State.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Lori Park

2M Moroccan Television, several interviews, Addikra Addahabia, April 26-28, 2013.

Maroc Television 3, “Les Spirales Fantastiques de Lori Park,” 10 Mars, 2013.

Maroc Hebdo International, “Les Spirales Fantastiques de Lori Park,” 8-14 Mars, 2013.

Associated Press TV: "Lori Park, American Artist in Marrakech", Global distribution, 2007

BBC/Public Media Foundation, UK National Collection, Lori Park: 5 Paintings”

Teaching Experience

I teach art in a Berber girls` school up in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The girls are from remote villages and have never had any art experience in their family or academic lives, so it is interesting for them - and me! I have also taught art in a Moroccan school in the medina. These are voluntary activities.

Price Range of Work

Lori Park's work has a price range from £89,167 to £92,500

Mediums utilised

Lori Park's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Lori Park's work is found in the following categories on site:
Fashion Sculptures Catwork Models fashion Garments fashionable women or people (3)
Clothes Dresses Gowns Shirts etc Sculptures Statues (3)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures (2)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (2)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (2)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (2)
Drapery Sculpture Statue Statuettes Carvings (2)
Organic / Abstract Sculpture
Painted Coloured Tinted Patinated Enamelled Sculptures Statues statuettes
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Hanging Suspended sculpture Statues tatuette
Wall Panel Carved Engraved Cast Moulded Sculpture Statue plaque
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