March 30, 2008
Drawing, printing, hiking, and running through the Cradle Mountains in Tasmania: AdventureArtist Hilary Lorenz is headed for a two-month Natural and Cultural Residency awarded by Tasmania’s Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage, and the Arts. The National and Cultural Residency is a highly competitive program offering two international artists per year the opportunity to experience the wilderness and heritage of Tasmania while living and working in a Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Following on the heels of a very successful C-Scape Artist Residency at the National Seashore of Cape Cod during the northern hemisphere winter, Lorenz is ready to embrace the Tasmanian winter in a small isolated cottage with a wood fireplace at the south end of Lake St. Clair and the famous Overland Track. She will encounter dolerite mountains, wild rivers, waterfalls, Tasmania’s highest mountain, alpine plains, Australia’s deepest lake, and, hopefully, wildlife such as Tasmanian devils and platypuses.
Working in a variety of media from watercolor to video Lorenz will engage the landscape through the rigors of marathon training and multi-night backpacking. The artwork will become a visual mapping of her physical and visceral interaction with the land as she trains for two fall marathons and the New York Knickerbocker 60K run. The project takes an experimental approach to studio production by creating a transitory wilderness studio that invites viewers to observe her daily living and art production through a weblog at https://adventureartist.wordpress.com where she will post her journal and photographs.
Running concurrently at home in New York City, The Essence of Nature’s Inspiration: Selected Works on Paper by Hilary Lorenz is an exhibition of prints and drawings on view through July 15, 2008 at Pfizer, Inc, 235 East 42nd Street. For further information or to make an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Pfizer’s Corporate Art Program at 212-733-5083 or Therese.Sathue@pfizer.com.
Born in the Midwest, Hilary Lorenz uses wilderness hiking to investigate the ritual and rhythm that test physical and psychic boundaries as the interplay for her works on paper. Lorenz received her MFA from the University of Iowa in printmaking and multimedia and has had numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from many organizations including the Fulbright Foundation and the Lower East Side Printshop in Manhattan. She is an avid hiker and competitive runner, competing for the team Front Runners in New York.
Lorenz wishes to thank her corporate sponsors: Martijn Block at Galaxy 1 Communications in the Netherlands for providing a a satellite terminal making electronic communication possible, Christine Battenfield at Injinji Performance Toe Socks for providing comfortable running and hiking toe socks, and David Edgar at Arts Tasmania for this wonderful opportunity.