Untitled, oil on canvas, 46" x 46"

Lori Raife earned her MA (2007) and MFA (2008) in Ceramics from the University of Iowa.

Ms. Raife tells us this about her work:

"Working in two dimensions allows me to present the idea of place.  I am responsible for the physicality of my work in the real world (no longer a notion or idea), a manipulation of material I push to investigate light and shadow, texture and layers, the illusion of dimension and volume on a plane.  It is important to me that the viewer realizes a sense of place, feel a part of it, and know it.
Interpretation of my work is the prerogative of the viewer. I do not wish to control the viewer's experience in revealing the ideas behind the work.  It is more important to me that the viewer creates his own idea and with that idea, relates to the work on his own terms.  My goal is to bring the viewer into the space of the canvas to experience a different place. Therefore, I do not title the work. To title the 'place' dismisses a responsibility of the viewer: In the words of the painter, Agnes Martin, 'The value of art is in the observer.  When you find out what you like, you're really finding out about yourself.  People who look at my painting say that it makes them happy, like the feeling when you wake up in the morning.  And happiness is the goal, isn't it?'"

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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