What The Critics say...
"C. J. Lori, a talented painter of dream worlds..."
— Alicia Faxon, Art History Professor Emerita, Simmons College, writing for Art New England,
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"For me, painting is a form of communication through which I convey my experience so that the viewer will see what I see and feel what I feel. I exaggerate or distort color, form and composition to emphasize sensations that are often contradictory: clarity and mystery, excitement and sorrow, beauty and decay.
I paint a landscape as a metaphoric portrait in which we can see ourselves. Branches have the quality of arms, a tree trunk recalls the twist of a torso, the bark suggests eyes and mouths of faces. Drawing connections between human features and the elements of landscape – rocks, trees, clouds, water – has always been central to my artistic practice. It both satisfies my imagination and expresses my desire that we see ourselves not as separate from, but as part of the living world around us.
I work in oil paint, applying many layers and often using tiny brushes for fine detail. Intricacy appeals to me viscerally, and it parallels the complexities I am trying to capture and express in my work. I strive to simultaneously embrace the beauty and horror that surrounds us."
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ARTISTS GET READY FOR BROOKLINE OPEN STUDIOS
— by Vekonda Luangaphay
"CJ Lori has her own paintings on the walls of her apartment. The paintings are hung in the hallway, starting from the front door and leading into her living room and work studio. Nearly every year around this time, Lori sets up her home, welcoming guests to view her paintings of trees and nature.
Lori will show her work as part of this year’s Brookline Open Studios
, a three-day event where Brookline artists display and sell their work to art enthusiasts. This is the 30th anniversary of this event, and Lori will be one of 120 artists participating, displaying her best and latest art pieces from April 30 to May 1.
“It’s getting to know what artists are like,” Lori said. “That is what Brookline Studios is all about.”
Lori plans on showing about 45 pieces this year from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. each day of that weekend. She puts oil paint on canvasses to illuminate her inspirations and imagination. She would come home from her frequent trips to Ireland with pictures of beaches, rocks, cliffs, waves, and where the sun sits. She’d walk around Brookline, absorbing the scene, and taking pictures or mental notes of many simple things, especially of trees.
Among many objects she paints, it’s through painting trees that she expresses her fascination with anthropomorphism, or ascribing objects with human traits. She’s painted trees with sad faces, branches as arms, and the leaves as hair. Some trees resemble the process of aging, happiness, or a state of bliss or zen. One of her paintings, “Conversation in Birch,” feeds one’s imagination on what talking trees look like.
“I’m inspired by the natural world and our relationship to it,” Lori said."
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CJ LORI: WHATEVER DIRECTION I GO IN
— by Liz Goldner
The Brookline TAB,
July 6, 2000
STATE OF THE ARTS
— by Kelly Field
Photograph of C. J. Lori, caption: "Brookline Artist C. J. Lori puts the finishing touches on a recent painting Sunday."
The Boston Globe,
May 21, 2000
EXHIBIT'S JURORS CHOOSE TALENT OVER THEME
— by David Wildman
"C. J. Lori, who has shown previously at the Revolving Museum, offers a painting typical of her unusual and distinctive style: A mysterious, dark, subterranean vista lurks beneath a placid landscape."
The New York Times,
February 6, 2000
DRAMA IN NATURE: BURNING OIL FIELDS, CASCADING WATER
— by William Zimmer
"The best representatives of earth in the exhibition are paintings with a fair amount of creepiness. 'Last Chance Archaeology,' by C. J. Lori, is ostensibly a pastoral landscape, but this is cut off in the foreground by a depiction of strata and the existence of other civilizations."
January 6, 2000
CENTER FOR THE ARTS EXHIBIT REVIEWS TIME, LOOKS TOWARD FUTURE
— by Chris Richards
"Brookline native C. J. Lori accomplishes this feat through her work entitled 'The Family Plot.' Accumulating personal artifacts from her nuclear family, Lori glues together all sorts of relics, including her grandfather’s dentures and her grandmother’s beads. By locking these pieces together in time, Lori has created a powerful image which yearns to escape from it’s past."
ARTIFACT: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
— by Mary Sherman
The Brookline TAB,
April 15, 1999
OPEN SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER
— by Kirk W. LeMessurler
The Boston Globe,
February 27, 1997
— Cate McQuaid, from the review of Travels Near and Far at Cragin Fife Gallery
"C. J. Lori’s painting 'Still Thinking' wedges its fantastic imagery between two textured stretches of pink, like a cracked-open sandstone—or a cracked-open skull, as the image inside implies.
"It’s a meticulously painted marshy landscape, with every single blade of grass defined. Knotty gray pines twist upward. Nestled on the ground in the crook of a few tree roots are empty-eyed human heads. One, at the foot of a dead tree, has lost its skull cap. It’s circular imagery; Lori has us peering into the dream of a character in the dream itself."
Art New England,
— by Alicia Faxon
The Weekly TAB,
February 6-12, 1996
ART CAUCUS TO HOLD CONFERENCE IN BACK BAY
— by T. J. Medrek Jr.
The Harvard Gazette,
October 23, 1992
NEO-NON-ISM: THE ARTIST'S OWN VOICE
— by Virginia Aronson
The Boston Phoenix,
July 16, 1985
URBAN EYE, BRUSH STROKES
— by Robin Vaughan