Lori Ganz is an oil painter and ceramics maker. Her work often begins with the creation of handbuilt clay structures and figurines. She then reimagines these sculptures as the subjects of her oil paintings.
The clay structure paintings are primarily used to explore mark making, color, patterns, composition and form. Abstraction is also used to further explore ideas about relationships, physical bodies, human life and emotions such as love, tension, vulnerability and amusement.
The figurine portraits blend visual storytelling and classical realism based still life painting. With human-like traits and expressions, these characters exist within imagined situations that touch upon politics, religion and economic inequality. These stories often examine power dynamics and give opportunities to process the world we live in.
Lori lives in Croton on Hudson, NY with her family and works in her art studio at the Bethany Arts Community in Ossining.