Renee Lachman



26″h x 16″w x 6″d



Artist Statement

I’m fascinated with how things change over time: how objects become weathered and wrinkled and rusted and stained and frayed, how they grow and shrivel. Perhaps this comes from being a mother, or maybe it’s who I am as an observer and artist.  

My current assemblages display facets of my personality, my thoughts and questions about the interaction of past and present. Underlying our everyday lives is an amalgam of moments, a childhood suddenly recalled from a kitchen knob in just the right shade, shape and size, or ancestry questioned in a print or pattern. Then, as suddenly as it appears, it dissolves; there’s beauty in this fading.  

My work in other mediums informs my choices just as my experiences have influenced my perceptions. From painting, color and abstraction, from sculpture, three-dimensional forms, and from mosaics, the communication of parts to a whole; even mask-making is present in the work, as quizzical and laughing faces emerge from the arrangements.  

The things I collect — whether of plastic, paper, iron or fabric — speak to me even before I begin to arrange them. Each object persists in its own way; each has its own history. My art aims to assemble forgotten pieces into a harmonious whole, to capture time within a frame. 

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