New Yorker Lori Earley has been drawing ever since she was a child. Her oil paintings portray elegant women, strangely distorted with big sensual eyes and elongated necks almost bordering on the alien.
Her work process is interesting: first she comes up with an idea, does a rought sketch, picks a model (many times either herself or friends), chooses clothings, lighting and mood and takes a picture. From those pictures, she then drawns and paints on.
Lori’s description of her work give us a pretty accurate view of what goes on in her head:
“My oil paintings are a combination of classical realistic rendering with a personal element of distortion. This distortion comes from my innate desire to transform my emotions into tangible planes that express what I feel, not what I see. Painting has always been a means of self-expression for me. Therefore, I paint because I have to and need to, not necessarily because I want to. Subconsciously or not, the figures I paint are a reflection of myself and whatever mood I am in at the time, so every painting is in essence a self-portrait. Each mood is distinct, ranging from subliminal, cryptic expressions to more cognitive states of being and the eyes of my subjects are often the primary focus of expression. My work is a fusion of personal experiences and influences- moody atmospheres, victorian-inspired couture, and timeless elements all laced with clandestine symbolism. The figures I paint exist in their own esoteric realm and time, and each painting offers a glimpse into their anomalous world.”
Considering her list of influences, I’d say we share many of the same tastes:
Ray Caesar, Floria Sigismondi, Chris Cunningham, David Lynch, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen. Girl got good taste, I gotta say…alien fiends in McQueen attire is more than I can bargain for!
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