My artwork combines psycho-geographic exploration with highly crafted, material forms. I use boats and navigation in my artwork to create an uncertain space. My belief is that uncertainty brings about a heightened awareness of place. When we feel unstable we see more. In my ongoing project called The Tide and Current Taxi, I ferry people throughout New York in a boat that I made. I study tidal charts of the harbor and use the tidal currents and river currents to push the boat all throughout New York City. The act of floating through adds a specific presence to ones own observation. The viewer maintains an awareness of their own balance and form as they absorb the details in their surrounding. This kind of observation creates something new out of something familiar.
Ms. Lorenz received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and an M.F.A. from Yale in 2002. She has received grants from Artists Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Harpo Foundation, and the Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship. Her work has been shown at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California and at Artists Space, and Jack Hanley Gallery in New York and she has also completed solo projects at Ikon in Birmingham, England and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. She began her project ‘The Tide and Current Taxi’, a performance in the New York Harbor in 2005 which is still in progress.