artist statement / biography
Lori Vonderhorst’s thoughtful compositions draw you into a world intimate with nature and abundant with personal symbolism.
Her paintings are dreamy and rich narratives: delicate bird eggs hover above flowers not quite settled in the vase; twigs and vines twist together as if embracing; words float in the background, alluding to a story, a memory, a moment. Her collages and constructions — incorporating estate sale and junk store ephemera collected throughout the years — invite you to imagine the lives of others: souvenirs collected and discarded; mementos of another place and time.
Primarily self-taught, Lori spent her first 18 years in a house built by her grandfather in rural New Jersey. Her father was a printer and “ad man” and her mother a graphic artist, so she grew up surrounded by paper, paint and ink — materials that fed her creativity and define her still. Born in 1958, she has lived in Washington State since 1979.
“Vonderhorst’s paintings are especially haunting.” --Ron Glowen, The Everett Herald
“Lori’s work is thoughtful, introspective and achingly wistful.” — Deb McCarroll, author/artist
“Lori’s works are sublime meditations on what it means to be alive with the earth. —Lynda Sherman, Bremelo Press
“My father was a printer and photographer and my mother a graphic artist and painter, so I grew up surrounded by paper, paint and ink. Making things was a part of everyday life. Memories of my childhood in New Jersey — taking long walks through the woods and watershed, watching my father plant a tree, or spending hours studying the flowers in my grandmother’s garden — often find their way into my work. I am inspired by things in nature and their metaphors in life, such as a nest with delicate fragments of eggshells, or a flower in various stages of growth, to tell a story or focus on a fleeting moment in time.”
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