Ideas about identity drive my work. I was raised in a Minnesota farming
community. The farmers' co-op grain elevator was the tallest building in
town surrounded by unobstructed sky and a 360 degree horizon. Geography,
the seasons and the church determined my person. While cosmic elements
presented a threat to our well-being, our lives were remarkable by their
sameness. My rural, white, anglo-saxon protestant nature did not prepare
me for successful negotiation with disparate urban life, hence, my work.
The work encourages me to both play and express myself in riddles about my
rural displacement. I may handle familiar materials to more easily
confront memories within a raw context and shifting paradigm.
My materials include fabric, hair, beads, paper, fiber and feminine
hygiene products. My process combines cutting, embroidery, collage,
assemblage, painting and encaustic.
LaThoriel was born (1941) and raised on the Minnesota prairie. She attended
Bethel College, received B.A. Printmaking from the University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN, (1967).
A conceptual artist, her work may be found in the permanent collections of
MOMA, Newark Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Victoria
and Albert Museum. She works in NYC.
Studio: 526 West 26 th St. #523, NY, NY 10001