You’re no Bunny Til Some Bunny Loves You
Written by Arlyne Berzak, MAM Docent
Lori Field's work is a commentary on our times. Most artists work with music in the background. Lori works listening to podcasts of current events and political programs as her background, and feels much of this contemporary information filters into her work.
Her objective is to entice people to enter her paintings and experience a strange beauty created by her mythological world, and talks about “going under the surface of beauty.”
Lori describes her work as “not quite surrealism—more symbolism using a symbolic system of female figures who are almost always tattooed. The tattoos are often embroidered onto her work. Her characters are designed to evoke feelings. She crafts dreamy, wonderous worlds of creatures that are part human and part animal.
Lori says, “My mixed media drawings, paintings and sculptures straddle the border between reality and dream, past life and present. They evoke subliminal, mysterious worlds: planets of my own creation peopled with anthropomorphic angels with attitude accompanied by mutants, exhibitionists, seducers, chimeras and other intimate strangers”. Her creatures “play in their worlds.”
You will often find rabbits in her work, including this work entitled You’re No Bunny Until Some Bunny Loves You. She once had an American Indian find her totem, which is a rabbit. In American Indian folklore, the rabbit was once the bravest animal and became the most frightened animal. She feels the rabbit represents her. She was brave when young and has become more fearful as she ages.
Lori borrows a lot from the mythology of cultures all over the world: American Indian, Greek, Roman and Oriental to name a few.
Lori works in mixed media which includes found objects, collage, and pictures embedded in encaustic. She will place a human head on an animal body and an animal head on a human body. She is skilled in a huge variety of media and crafts and combines them all. Her imagination knows no bounds.
More recently, she is concentrating on printing skills, especially since her son has become a printer.
Field won an award to work at Rutgers University to study with master printers for two weeks and honed her skills, which are displayed here. The work on view is a 7-color plate lithograph. The background is a digital print of one of the artist’s encaustic pieces. She has added hand coloring on top.
Lori Field (b. 1955)
You’re no Bunny Til Some Bunny Loves You, 2004-05
Seven color lithograph with hand coloring
29 ½ x 22 in.
Gift of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper