Peace by Lorri Acott (USA)

    The symbolic language of peace seems to be intuitively understood by the viewer. The long legs inspiring us to rise above life’s challenges, and the appearance of cracks somehow represent aspects of what it is to be human. The folded origami cranes have been a symbol of peace throughout the world since the widespread awareness of the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. As this figure lifts and releases the cranes, it is evident that she is sending peace into the world.

    It is through sculptures that I can engage the world in a conversation. Perhaps I can offer new perspectives through which we might view the world, each other, or most importantly, ourselves.

    When I sculpt, I create long legged figures that reflect intimate moments in our lives: a feeling, an interaction, a realization. Simplified and often without details of faces or clothing, they rely on our innate understanding of the human gesture to inform us. They speak to us about relationships with others and with ourselves, and each sculpture tells a different story, often hinted at by the name of the work.

    Lorri Acott (Denver, 1961) received her MA from the University of Colorado in 1986. Her impressionistic figurative sculptures are in private and public collections in the US and abroad. Lorri has been featured in numerous books and magazine articles including publications such as Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and Sculptural Pursuit Magazine and her works have appeared on the sets of movies and television shows such as Ugly Betty, House MD, ER, and many others. An enthusiastic and sought after speaker and teacher, Lorri teaches workshops in the US and Europe and was a featured speaker at the international paperclay symposium in 2009. She is currently focusing on creating new monumental sculptures for public placement.

     

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