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Lori Park

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About Lori Park

Lori Park’s art made a splash recently at UNCOP22 (Conference Of the Parties/Kyoto Agreement) where she was awarded “Trophee: Femme, Art Et Climate” by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Nations Development Program - for her large-scale sculptures and other works exploring climate change across 8 countries. Lori had 2 exhibitions within COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco.

Lori Park is an international artist, exhibiting in Europe, the UK, USA and North Africa. Her work is in the collections of His Royal Highness King Mohammed VI of Morocco and The Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, and in collections in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, the UK National Collection, and other private and public collections around the world.

Lori Park`s work reflects her fascination with texture and movement as well as the source of much of her inspiration- nature.

Her large-scale bronze work has been shown at Sotheby`s 2014 "Beyond Limits" the world-renowned exhibition of monumental sculpture held at Chatsworth House, the Duke of Devonshire`s beautiful estate in England. Her sculpture at “Beyond Limits” was exhibited alongside work by fellow artists Aristide Maillol, Germaine Richier, Xu Bing, Beverly Pepper, Marc Quinn, Bill Woodrow, Alice Aycock, Antony Gormley and Eduardo Chillida.

Lori Park’s work “The Dogs of Longleat House” -a historical depiction of the family dogs, as wire sculptures - is on permanent display at Longleat House, the Marquess of Bath’s estate in England. Lori has exhibited with the Marrakech Biennale in 2014 and 2016, and at the Museum of Marrakech in 2007.

Lori works in a very broad range of materials - from large-scale bronze to multi-story wire suspensions, "Floating Architecture", concrete and steel, large textural panels and collage, found-object assemblages, printmaking, photography, and installations in landscape.

Her work is inventive, sometimes humorous, and adventurous. Her recent works explore environmental change, combined with her fascination of navigation, maps, travel, cultures … and where planet Earth is headed.

She creates multi-story suspended installations, such as large floating wire figures and "floating architecture" -installations composed of hundreds of suspended wire sculptures all interacting through movement.

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).

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!)...exploring culture, human nature, the human condition, and the natural world.

Lori Park’s studio is in Marrakech, the source of much of her inspiration.

Exhibition History of Lori Park

SOLO EXHIBITIONS-------------------------

2016 UN Conference Of the Parties 22/COP22, “Lori Park, Navigating Climate Change,” Stand C256, Civil Society Pavilion, Green Zone, Marrakech, Morocco

2016 The Marrakech Biennale 6, “Lori Park: Navigation Cycle” partner project with
Le Naoura Barriere Hotel, sponsor of the Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech

2016 Exhibition in a private palace, Marrakech: “Lori Park : Studio Works’”

2015-current Permanent exhibition “The Dogs of Longleat House: 10 Sculptures” in the gardens of Longleat House, Lord Bath’s UK estate.

2013 Galerie Re, Marrakech Morocco, “Fantastiques Spirals”

2007 The Museum of Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco: “Radiance”

2007 Galerie Re, Marrakech, Morocco: “Sculptures in Space”

2005 Dar Cherifa Café Literaie, 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 D.C

2001 Coral Beach Club, Bermuda

2000 Galeria Sa Tafona, Mallorca, Spain

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS-------------------

WACE-ARKANE AFRIKA, UN COP22, Civil Society Pavilion, Marrakech, 2016

Sotheby’s “Beyond Limits” Exhibition of Monumental Sculpture at
Chatsworth House, Duke of Devonshire’s estate, England, 2014

“AddikraAddahabia 50” In celebration of His Royal Highness King Mohammed VI’s 50th Birthday with 50 Artists. Sponsored by King Mohammed VI, Marrakech, 2013

Coutts, The Strand, London 2012-2013

Spitalfields Sculpture Park, Spitalfields Public Art Programme, London, 2011-2012

The Royal Free Hospital, London, 2006-2017

Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2005-2017

Nering + Stern Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 2005-2017

Artspace, The Barn Galleries, Henley-On-Thames, UK, 2005, 2007

Dar Cherifa Gallery, Marrakech, Morocco, 2006

Henley International Festival of Music&the Arts, Henley-On-Thames, UK, 2005

The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002, 2003, 2004

GaleriaSaTafona, 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

Biography / CV of Lori Park

Lori Park’s work is in the collection of His Royal Highness King Mohammed VI of Morocco and The Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, and in collections in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America and around the world.

Lori studied botany, zoology, economics, and policy analysis, with a graduate degree from Harvard University. She worked on salmon fishing boats in Alaska and as a wilderness/dogsledding guide before working for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. She left the EPA to pursue her art full-time.

Lori Park is an international artist, exhibiting in Europe, the UK, USA and North Africa.
Lori Park’s art made a splash recently at UNCOP22 (Conference Of the Parties/Kyoto Agreement) in Marrakech, Morocco where she was awarded “Trophee: Femme, Art Et Climate” by his is Royal Highness King Mohammed VI of Morocco and the United Nations Development Program - for her work exploring climate change in 8 countries. Lori had 2 exhibitions within COP22, an international conference that drew thousands.

Her large-scale bronze work has been shown at Sotheby`s 2014 "Beyond Limits" the world-renowned exhibition of monumental sculpture held at Chatsworth House, the Duke of Devonshire`s beautiful estate in England. Her sculpture at “Beyond Limits” was exhibited alongside work by fellow artists Aristide Maillol, Germaine Richier, Xu Bing, Beverly Pepper, Marc Quinn, Bill Woodrow, Alice Aycock, Antony Gormley and Eduardo Chillida.

Lori Park’s work “The Dogs of Longleat House” -a historical depiction of the family dogs, as wire sculptures - is on permanent display at Longleat House, the Marquess of Bath’s estate in England. Lori has exhibited with the Marrakech Biennale in 2014 and 2016, and at the Museum of Marrakech in 2007. Her work is in the UK National Collection.

Lori Park will have a solo exhibition in the museum of Andre Heller’s “Anima Garden” -outside Marrakech, from October 2017 – April 2018.

Lori works in many materials, from large-scale bronze to multi-story wire suspensions, large textural panels and collage, found-object assemblages, printmaking, photography, and installations in landscape. Her recent works explore environmental change, combined with her fascination of navigation, maps, travel, cultures … and where planet Earth is headed.

Lori Park’s studio is in Marrakech, the source of much of her inspiration.

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 use many diverse materials in creating my sculptures - casting in bronze and glass, using mixed-media with paper, resin, cloth, plaster wax, clay, and anything I can find. I often use found objects that reflect a cultural identity. I work in sheet copper and wire and with sculptures in space: large floating wire figures/animals/abstractions- suspended installations- and "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/events (such as "Eat The War" a bronze minotaur eating small soldiers!)...questions of culture, questions of human nature, questions about the human condition.

Awards and Prizes of Lori Park

International artist Lori Park made a splash at the UN COP22 event this November when she was presented with an award “Trophee: Femme, Art, Et Climate” by the Kingdom of Morocco and the UNDP for her large-scale sculptures and art exploring the subject of Climate Change across 8 countries.

Lori Park’s work is in the collections of The Royal Family of Morocco as well as the UK National Collection, and private and public collections around the world.

COP22, the twenty-second session of the UN’s “Conference Of the Parties” to the Kyoto Protocol, was held in Marrakech, Morocco, November 7-18, 2016, and drew thousands of participants from all over the globe: heads of state, official representatives and negotiation teams and observers, as well as non-profit, innovation and commercial entities.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Lori Park

His Royal Highness King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Her Royal Highness Princess LallaMeryem of Morocco
The Royal Bank of Scotland, United Kingdom
The Marquess of Bath, United Kingdom
The Museum of Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
Baron and Baroness von Schroder Collection, Germany
Don Pedro Serra Collection, Mallorca, Spain
Peggy Cooper Cafritz Collection, Washington DC, USA

Public Collections
The UK National Collection
The Royal Free Hospital, London

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

“Project Luxury&Art” (Switzerland), “Lori Park’s Global Wonders” Summer Edition, 2017
“Project Luxury&Art” (Switzerland), “Lori Park’s Global Wonders” Autumn Edition, 2017
Various TV, radio and print coverage related to UN COP22
Various articles featuring Sotheby’s “Beyond Limits” exhibition in the international press and on-line media, 2014.
2M Moroccan Television, several interviews, Addikra Addahabia, April 26-28, 2013.
Maroc Television 3, “Les Spirales Fantastiques de Lori Park,” 10 Mars, 2013.
MarocHebdo International, “Les SpiralesFantastiques de Lori Park,” 8-14 Mars, 2013.
Associated Press TV: Lori Park, American Artist in Marrakech, Global distribution, 2007

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.

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:
Clothes Dresses Gowns Shirts etc Sculptures Statues (3)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Fashion Sculptures Catwalk Models fashion Garments fashionable women or people (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures (2)
Drapery Sculpture Statue Statuettes Carvings (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)
Organic / Abstract Sculpture
Painted Coloured Tinted Patinated Enamelled Sculptures Statues statuettes
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Hanging Suspended sculpture Statues tatuette
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary
Wall Panel Carved Engraved Cast Moulded Sculpture Statue plaque
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