Copyright Lauretta Lowell. Wild hearts, child-like imaginations, and curiosity are welcome. All rights reserved.
In the visual arts, "ASSEMBLAGE" is an artistic process that consists of making 3D or 2D compositions by putting together found objects. Though the term was not in use until the 1950s, the origin of the artistic practice dates to the early 20th century Avant-garde movements that sought to challenge traditional artistic media. I will be forever grateful to Braque, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Joseph Cornell for their brilliant work and breaking through the barriers of acceptability for us to use found objects in "fine" art.
I prefer to use vintage and antique found objects in my work. I also choose materials that will last a long time, such as: metals, ceramics, leathers, paint and wood. I enjoy using treasures with a history; a story, and a special patina to each piece. I consider the history of the found pieces part of the "HEARTBEAT" of each character I make.
Take a look at my art closely to see what I have used to bring my creation alive. Perhaps you have thrown away something I have used?
Lauretta Lowell's contribution to the arts, at this eclectic visual moment, is to unite the past and present with assemblages that harvest relics of the early twentieth century with our expectations for cerebral sculptures today.
The whimsical creations that leave her collectors and those new to her work raising their eyebrows is her inspired output that fills her website and studio with wonder. Lauretta has careful control of her mysterious process. An art critic would note the results always hold a surprise as the obscure, even esoteric, output of a Berkshire factory in 1890 merged through her artist’s eye to Southern California colors creates truly new art.
Lauretta's assemblages are ready to start a conversation in a gallery or a home. No wall, no table, no showcase is safe from her willingness to put so many things together, to construct each finished piece. With enigmatic titles come the wink of a sophisticated patron adding a whimsical curiosity to a collection. And with a study of each assemblage, after we puzzle over the puzzle, we always see more. There is always another layer or detour in each multi-media story.
The whole is much greater than the sum of the parts in Lauretta's world. But the parts come from so many places and memories, each holds its own. Lauretta Lowell has art gliding in new definitions. That is Lauretta at her best. She is always at her best.