Artist: Lori Wolf Grillias of Arroyo Grande, CA
Midwest vs West Art Exhibition – Artist Portfolio Magazine
Lori Wolf is primarily a mixed media artist. Working on paper and board she paints with watercolor and acrylic as well as drawing with charcoal, graphite, carand’ache crayons and watercolor pencil. This new series is called “Reflective Emergence”. As Da Vinci use to say about exercising the imagination, “In order to excite the mind, contemplate walls covered with shapeless stains or made of ill-assorted stones. Find in them mountain landscapes, trees, battles, figures with lively movements, faces, and strange costumes.” At nine years old Paul Klee reflects, “tables topped with marble slabs, whose surface displayed a maze of petrified layers. In this labyrinth of lines one could pick out human grotesques and capture them with a pencil.” Lori manipulates her painted surfaces revealing an outcrop of characters. Expressive gestures, provocative poses, ridiculous proportions establish a chaotic gathering. Charcoal, crayon, or pencil divulge the figures she finds. Passionate about color and fascinated by the remarkable surprises found through spontaneous painting, Lori pays homage to Ernst, Klee, and the Surrealist pedagogy.