Lori Anne Baumgartner
Lori Anne Baumgartner is a sculptor and painter currently living and practicing in Minneapolis, MN. She recieved her Bachelors of Fine art from Bethel University in Saint Paul MN.
Her sculpture practice explores our relationships with possessions, particularly in the ways we memorialize loved ones by keeping possessions which were important to the deceased. Her painting practice explores color and materiality through controlled experimentation with material and technique.
Mark Rothko once said, “The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.” This quote comes to my mind often when I show people my work. To me art is in the making process, paint on my hands, plaster curing, dirty rags and discarded sketches. As I shephard color and form into a finished piece ideas take form and I learn what is at the heart of the piece. These moments are what the piece “is about”. I strive to communicate these moments to the viewer. The painting, print, or sculpture is a relic to me, a monument to the moment of discovery. If the viewer experiences a discovery as they look at my work then I have accomplished my goal. If they have the same discovery I had, that is a divine experience.