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Lorie Baltes (Fall 2002)
Lorie Baltes (Fall 2002)
2002

My home has been an enormous influence on me. Surrounding myself with the familiar has become an obsession. My work is an attempt to recreate that comfort of home, having been removed from my family and all that I once knew as familiar. Home to me is sumptuous, tactile, warm, colorful and sublimely Southern. I examine this sense of nostalgia and longing for the comfort of the familiar, questioning the validity of memory, and the romanticizing of the past that comes with distance.

My work focuses on making objects that are painstakingly hand-rendered and full of detail. The time and care put into each object is not masked, and there is an emphasis on materiality and texture. Household objects, food and the body are recurrent themes in my work, and I continue to reconfigure them, juxtaposing materials and forms and altering scale.