What was past is now present. In 2013, Hudson Valley based artist, Lorrie Fredette, created the site-specific installation, Implementation of Adaptation, for the Gillette Gallery at Garrison Art Center. This dramatic work was inspired by medical and environmental events of the day, and her historical research on the swine and avian flu epidemics and the Spanish Flu pandemic. The installation reflects her interest in an art that examines “beauty, harmony and comfort to comprehend the incomprehensible aspects of infection, pandemic and plague. She is interested in the confluence of science and art and the contrast between “ugly” origins and sublime outcomes.”
In discussing her relationship to her materials and process, Fredette states: “The use of wax in its natural color as my primary medium is intentional — the neutral palette emphasizes shape, the aroma can be intoxicating and the texture is one that invites touch — all in support of my goal to lure viewers into an experience that they would certainly try to avoid had they encountered the original infection.”
Today, we are only too familiar with the psychological and emotional effects of the “social distancing” required of us during the Covid-19 pandemic; the difficulty of not touching, of keeping our distance from one another, the isolation that comes from sheltering in place, and the persistence of known unknowns.
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Lorrie Fredette has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Exhibition venues include Art Miami (Miami, Fl.), University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN), Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ), Schema Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Dowling College (Oakdale, NY), SUNY Fredonia (Fedonia, NY) Cynthia-Reeve Project (Brattleboro, VT), Islip Art Museum (NY), Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ), Bank of America Headquarters (Charlotte, NC), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA) and Jyvaskyla Art Museum (Jyvaskyla, Finland). Click here to follow Fredette on Instagram.