Grounded in traditions of performance walking, Lorenz’s artwork is shaped by the space she passes through during long-distance runs and mountain climbing. Her drawings and prints function as visual mapping specific to each location: abstract, intuitive time-lines that mark a spatial journey of memory and change. As the artist describes, “When I am carving a linoleum block or applying watercolor to paper, I relive each step that I walked or ran through a single knife-cut or brushstroke.” Even the act of operating a manual printing press supports her strong passion for simple physical repetition.

For the Courthouse Gallery, Lorenz continues to build on her previous work by exploration the Adirondack State Park's numerous trails and high points as well the Northern New Mexico landscape where she spends several months each year. Lorenz takes these wildlife explorations and turns them into room-size environment consisting of linoleum block-printed and cut paper that is collaged and layered to form mountain, animals and camp sites. Because the work documents her experiences, the artist is careful to portray only the mountains that she has hiked or climbed. The ink drawn animals serves as a record of Lorenz’s treks and simultaneously evokes a wilderness fantasy with bears, coyotes rabbits and moose. In this way, the artist attempts to represent a longing for solitude, quietness and rural moments in the big, bustling city.

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