Hilary Lorenz is a multidisciplinary artist who explores intersections of running, nature, and solitude. Recent solo exhibitions include Birding (2016) Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY; Lean-to-Me (2015) Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY; Nomadic Geographies (2014), Wave Hill, NY; In the Spirit (2014), Pioneer Bluff, KS; Tracing Nature, Muriel Guepin, NY (2012). Group exhibitions include Communities West Print Exhibition, Waterworks Art Museum, Miles City MT (2015); Vinyl, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (2015) and Influencers (2014) Print Center of NJ.
As an interdisciplinary artist, I create artwork using printmaking, drawing, installation, and combinations thereof. I am deeply influenced by my experience hiking, living, and thriving in the wilderness. I visually translate my visceral experiences into built environments, made up of linoleum block printed cut paper.
My projects record my perambulations and the circulation of ideas. When I am carving a linoleum block, I relive each step I have walked or ran with a single knife cut. Instilled in every carved stroke of my block is the direct translation of a particular journey. The resulting artwork is floor to ceiling layers of linoleum block printed mountains, rivers, rocks, birds, animals, trees, plants, and more. These are items found in nature, intrinsically imbued with energy that usher viewers into a rich world of wilderness fantasy. My environments are sensory experiences where one can escape from urban stress or their own mental chaos.
In 2005, my art and my life totally changed at SFAI. This was my first trip to the Southwest. I went to the Office of Land Management, where along with topographical maps of the landscape, I found an advertisement for a Sierra Club 17-mile hike in the mountains the following day.
I had never been in high altitudes, in this case climbing up to 13,100 ft. Though I was healthy, I was not in the kind of shape necessary for such a challenge. But this day changed everything. I began hiking every weekend, and drawing every weekday. I would count every footstep of every hike and mirror each on in tiny lines of watercolor drawing. I made dozens of drawings.
I continued to tie my creative work directly to my physical experiences in nature. I became a mobile studio working from primitive beach shacks, ranger’s huts, and tents.