2016 Lori Lipscomb
Artist’s Biography: Lori B. Lipscomb
I graduated in 1992 from The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. My area of concentration was in ceramics, with a special interest in ceramic sculpture.
With regard to ceramic sculpture, I have primarily been interested in working with organic forms, taking cues and inspiration from the natural world. Often, I will begin with working with the clay, without any preconceived ideas, and let the shapes that begin to take shape guide me. I find this process liberating and intuitive, and it allows me to keep my mind open to new ideas as I work.
For the past two years, I have been concentrating on drawing. My initial intention was to improve my drawing skills and the observational requirements involved in drawing from life so as to better my ceramic art. Since college, I had done very little drawing. I did not expect to be so infatuated with it, as I was never particularly drawn to drawing before, unless it was a means to an end (i.e. sketching for a sculpture, printmaking, etc.). I began with three black and white charcoal drawings, and have been working with colored chalk pastels since. I enjoy the flexibility that this medium gives me, and I can vary the amount of texture and detail as I wish within each piece.
I have been interested in various subjects, with the primary sources of inspiration being the people, animals, and plants that surround me. I also try to choose compositions that are interesting to the viewer, and that contain elements that push me to work with different problems and techniques, so I grow as an artist and craftsperson. I have always been fascinated with light; both the visual and emotional responses we have to it. I enjoy the way it changes colors and creates contrast and weight to an object.
I plan to continue drawing, and eventually to begin working again with ceramics, and to be open to other media as well. I am excited to be working again regularly, and to begin to show my work.