It has been 20 years since Chahan Minassian first revealed the work of Nancy Lorenz in Europe. Nancy’s work has been introduced through is projects, exclusive exhibitions of her artworks including her creations in his installations, international shows and events.
Born in 1962, Nancy Lorenz is an american artist who works in New York. The scale of her work can be appreciated not only through the techniques and materials that she uses, but also through its subject matter. Lorenz, winner of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1998, has had work acquired by major public collections among which the Portland Art Museum and the New York Public Library. She has also been bought by visionary American collectors as Tom Ford, Elton John, Paul Allen, Joel Silver and Bill Sofield.
Five years spent in Tokyo lastingly imprinted her work and creative processes with a japanese influence. Nancy Lorenz is exceptionally gifted in her use of the technique of lacquer, employing highly complex and sophisticated ancestral japanese methods that involve the use of as many as sixty successive thin coats, with pigments mixed into the lacquer to achieve a denser visual effect. Through this traditional far eastern technique she expresses her contemporary western sensitivity.
Nancy Lorenz alos works with inlaid mother-of-pearl and precious stones. Her plaster motifs in relief are often covered by gold or silver leaf and mirrors.
Nancy Lorenz’s technique gives material form to the relationship between art and craftwork.
Her style evokes both japanese prints and calligraphy, although the range of her pictorial gesture is closer to western abstract art.
Alongside its ancestral methods and inspiration, Nancy Lorenz’s work attaches importance to science and in particular to molecular research.
She is a member of the artistic movement known as fractal art or fractalism. This movement, founded in 1994, includes about ten artists.
Fractal art expresses instability, constant metamorphosis and proliferation. The qualifier « fractal » refers to the theory of dynamic systems developed by the mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry.
Fractalism saturates work to excess overcharging them with elements verging on chaos, each form endlessly suggesting the next. Fractalism’s artistic vision presents an ultimate expression of abstraction characterized by questioning, a disorderly world vision searching for temporary reorganization.