Artist StatementI am the keeper of stories. My family’s stories. Those told to me by friends or people I barely know. Some I know are true. Others, I’m not so sure. But I use the words, rehash and rework them and strip them down to the bone, then build the sentences up again, layers upon layers representing the feeling of a story I know. The hidden story fragment embedded in the painting influences the palette and mark-making to capture small slices of time, like journal entries exposed in a visual format. Acrylic washes are added then partially removed in areas using my hands or cloth. The process is physical, moving pieces repeatedly from wall to floor and back, and often using both hands. My works on Italian cotton-wool blend paper also involve layered washes and their partial removal. The act of remembering and sharing stories is a powerful thing to me. Just as the passage of time creates layers of experiencing — the remembering of an event, the misremembering of it, the distancing, the forgetting — these coats of color and texture become a lens through which I share my cache of stories, and invite viewers to reflect upon their own.
Lori Anne Boocks earned a BFA from Old Dominion University in 1992. In her paintings, text serves as both subject matter and the basis for mark-making. Texture for each piece comes from her hands, brushwork, and a subtractive process where layers of poured washes are added to the surface, then partially removed with cloth. Her influences include Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer, Nancy Spero, and Chinese calligraphy. She lives in Germantown, Maryland.