Works by Lori Hanson, Meighan Davisson, and Matthew Obrakta

Pachamama's

Lori Hanson, age 27, is a painter and art advocate, living and working
in Lawrence, KS. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree
from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2009. Beginning at the age of
12, Lori was initially trained to draw and paint as a photorealist
during her private studies through the school of Lee Hammond (an
Overland Park based artist and mentor). Lori's training extended
throughout high school, until she began attending the Fine Arts
program at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) between 2003-2007.
Her photorealistic style of painting was constantly challenged during
critique and private lesson interventions. Between her studies at UCM,
and her studies at KU, Lori eventually learned to break free of
traditional photorealism and expand her palette of skills and content
to a level that deters from conventional shapes and colors. Her style
of acrylic painting now exceeds beyond what the camera can capture.

Lori's painterly style stems from the fact that she has broken free of
photorealism and converted to the extreme approaches of abstraction.
Criticized for being an artist who "can only paint what the camera can
see," Lori has taken certain measures to free her work from the
boundaries of perfectionism. Rather than taking sole control of the
painting process, and striving to create an exact replica of a certain
vision, Lori has removed her egotistical mindset from her work by
accepting her new role as a medium between music and painting. Much of
her work is created on stage with musicians and friends who "feed" the
paintings with their unique sounds and musical vibrations. Lori does
not step on stage with a preconceived notion of ideas for her work.
She feels that as a medium, she will gather the information she needs
as the music plays. Her palette of color follows suit to the rhythm
and flow of the music. The cohesiveness of her body of work is not
particularly seen within the surface, shapes, or colors. Rather, the
connection can be found within the process of converting music into a
painting.
Sound has created this work. Not pictures.

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Phoetry is a collaboration of typewritten poetry and alternative photography by Meighan Davisson (Poet) and Matthew Obrakta (Photographer). Every handmade piece is unique and one of a kind.

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