Contemporary Folk Art
L A U R E T T A L O W E L L M i x e d m e d i a / A S S E M B L A G E A R T
REVIEW BY ARTIST & WRITER DAVID BRYANT:
Lauretta Lowell's contribution to the arts 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.
Ms. Lowell'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.
LAURETTA LOWELL is an award winning mixed media/assemblage artist from Palm Desert, CA who sells her artwork in fine art festivals and art galleries. Her whimsical assemblages are in art collections in many countries. Articles on her work, and her journey to becoming an artist, have been published in several major magazines
She is from Santa Barbara but moved to California’s desert nine years ago. You can find her working hard creating and teaching in her art studio in La Quinta, CA.
"My art isn't planned in advance; I just let it happen. The story just seems to write itself when I wander around my workshop picking up this and that, combining treasures to see if they talk to me or spark some sort of electrical current through my veins. Using found vintage objects; I hope to offer you an interesting and fulfilling moment that captures your curiosity and makes you smile.”
After sustaining a serious head injury in a small plane crash in the late 1980s, a brain tumor developed in 2002 causing Lauretta to have several small strokes. She took five challenging years to recover and regain her bearings. Although she lost her aptitude to continue the career she had once known as a corporate marketing executive, she found herself increasingly drawn to art, both as a way of regaining her health and as a means of expressing herself. She feels blessed to have recovered with such a gift and a passion.