About Lori Reed Art


Artist Statement

Ever since a trip to western Montana in May, 2009, my artwork has had photography as its base. I felt such a profound spiritual connection to nature in those western mountain ranges and in Yellowstone National Park, that I was compelled to figure out a way to incorporate my photographs into collage making. At first, I made several digitally altered variations of my photos (giving the images a painterly, sketchy or scratched look) and tore or cut the prints into rectangles to layer up imagery. Then one day I had the idea of running my prints through a paper shredder and building up the scene in those narrow strips of paper. I liked how the horizontal strips felt a bit like seeing an image through window blinds or the interference lines of old TV reception, but I quickly grew tired of sorting through the heap of paper from the bottom of my shredder. I now cut the strips by hand, allowing me to vary the width and to keep the imagery organized. Sometimes I add in pieces of handmade papers, topographical maps, or fragments from old ledger books to further abstract the scene.

 My artwork is a combination of a lifetime of observing the world around me, knowledge from three photography classes at the University of Illinois, instruction in eye-flow and composition from my U of I graphic design classes, and a technical competence with the software necessary to work with my photographs. With those skills as a background, I’m moving from a photographic documentation of a place at a particular time, to an impression of a place that is timeless ... more of a memory or a feeling of the space.

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Juried Shows
 Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – GALEX 51, 2017
Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois – 64 Arts, 2016
Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – GALEX 48, 2014
Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois – 64 Arts, 2013
Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois – 64 Arts, 2012
Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado – Artists’ Book Cornucopia III, 2012
Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – GALEX 46, 2012
Art Buzz International Competition – published in Art Buzz Collection 2012
Buchanan Center for the Arts – in Monmouth, Illinois – 64 Arts, 2011
Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction, Colorado – 2011
National Contemporary Exhibition, 2011
Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – GALEX 45, 2011
National Association of Women Artists Gallery in New York, New York – Open Small Works, 2011 – received an Honorable Mention
Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois – 64 Arts, 2010
Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – GALEX 44, 2010 – received the Purchase Award
Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado – Imagination Navigation, 2009
Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, Iowa – Venus Envy Quad Cities, 2009
Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, Iowa – Venus Envy Quad Cities, 2008
Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, Iowa – Venus Envy Quad Cities, 2007
Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – GALEX 41, 2007
 
Gallery Shows
C2C Gallery in Grand Haven, Michigan – Edges, July-August 2017, solo show
Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois – Women’s Work, January-February 2014, group show
Quad City International Airport Gallery in Moline, Illinois – January-February 2014, three-person show
Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – Interference Series, July-August 2013, solo show
Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois – Six Women - Six Words - Six Works, December 2010-January 2011, group show
Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois – Plains and Planes, November-December 2010, two-person show
MidCoast Gallery West in Rock Island, Illinois – Paper & Stone, September-October 2008, two-person show
Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois – Uncovered, Discovered & Manufactured, May-June 2008, two-person show
Monmouth College Len G. Everett Galleries in Monmouth, Illinois – Rock-Pixel-Scissors, February-March 2006, two-person show
 Education B.F.A. University of Illinois