Approved: 03.06.2015

Lorraine Fossi

Artist, Researcher

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Approved: 03.06.2015

I was trained as an architect; from this I have kept a particular way to encounter ideas and forms, including every part of what I encounter within a vaster plan. 

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      Artist Statement

      I was trained as an architect; from this I have kept a particular way to encounter ideas and forms, including every part of what I encounter within a vaster plan. 

      My art practice has to do with re-assembling the fragmented and the void of separation, in an actual and a metaphorical sense. It allows new connections between elements that I thought would not meet and creates new points of entry to encounter the world, the walls, and all surfaces.  

      My work emerges from the territory of abstraction, in the way that an architect starts with the abstract and works toward the real world within which moments, places and memories and desire reappear – and become something that is new.  It finds echoes in the theory of the Rhizome by Deleuze and Guattari that allows for multiple, non- hierarchical entry and exit points in data interpretation and representation. My work travels from reality to abstraction, but it also constructs a bridge between the two states. Structures and details in the world become abstracted into diagrams, which can then be instantiated in other materials and in other contexts.

      It investigates aspects of time and distance –measurement and perspective – and maps out journeys and migration. In my work the ‘surface’ is a ‘territory’ and refers in colour and texture to the world’s materiality: it is often grey like the pavement of cities, and covered with scuffs, marks and imprints. I paint with acrylic and oil paints- scribbles and measuring lines visible on the surface. I choose my materials, according to the diagram, from a wide range of materials culled from everyday life and sometimes include ‘found objects’. It allows new connections between elements that I thought would not meet and creates new points of entry to encounter the world.

      In my artworks, painting is a function, switching from different perspectives, with space for the viewer to imagine moving, measuring, stepping back, and also resting. My work is abstract work that can contain within it air and openness, solid compressed blocks of memory which somehow sustain an immediate clarity. The diagram is a free and open aspect in my artworks and fuels travel, events and thoughts that appear and reappear. Space is created and deconstructed: the painting is in a state of ‘a becoming’.

       

      CV & Education

      Lorraine Fossi

      Grew up in Paris - lives and works in London

       

      MA Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School

      Predicted graduation, September 2015

       

      Architecture, Les Beaux Arts, Paris    

      Graduated 1989

       

      Solo exhibitions

      May – Sept 2014: Sea painting immersion, Mermaid Centre, London
       
      April 2013: Royal Iris an Incredible Journey, Mayfair, London
       
      May 2010: Rip tide & Blue ripples, Burgh House, Hampstead

       

      Group exhibitions

      June 2015, FPS Members , Menier Gallery, London

      June 2015, Art Below Summer Show, The Muse gallery, London 

      February 2015: 16/15, The Muse gallery, London

      December - Jan 2014: Curious Project, Eastbourne

      September 2014: MA Fine Art Interim Show, City & Guilds, London

      May 2014: A little experiment, Posk Gallery, London

       

      Recent competitions and awards

      May 2015, RA Summer Exhibition: Shortlisted

      November 2014: Curious Projects, drawing selected

      May 2014: A little experiment, Posk gallery, work selected August 2014: NOAC, shortlisted

      August 2010: NOAC, work selected

       

      Media references

      January 2015: Lorraine Fossi and her Pals, Soundcloud.com
      September 2014: Mamfa degree shows, a-n art blog
      April 2013: The Royal Iris, Soundcloud.com interview with Tom Mallow 
      14 March 2013: Royal Iris inspires artist’s new show, Liverpool Echo 
      April 2013: Royal Iris- An incredible Journey, Ici Londres
      13 May 2010: The tide turns for former architect, A. Oldham, Ham & High