Ravens and crows are birds we all know. We think of them as highly intelligent and devoted family members. They can be hard to miss; crows cawing in the cities and ravens croaking in the country. In my own life a family of Ravens nests near my home and I often see them overhead.
In my recent series, crows & ravens are interwoven with blooming vines; rugosa roses, sweet peas and blackberries. Using flowers to express feeling without words has been used for centuries. The language of flowers is called Floriography.
Ravens and crows often symbolize death or change. Birds in general are considered carriers or messengers to and from the afterworld. With this in mind I created these works to express my emotions about caregiving, family and loss. Recently the grandparents I cared for passed. My cousins and I had been devoted to keeping them in their home. We were their caregivers for 7 years.
Mostly self taught, Loralin has a background of ceramic production art and numerous skills including carpentry and braising. Her studio is completely off grid in the woods. Living close to nature in quiet solitude is an environment conductive to creation.
Her experiences have paved the way to combining classic materials in detailed and diminutive constructions. Each sculpture can take months to finish, and can include hundreds of pieces in difficult mediums. Some elements are of translucent porcelain and china paints and she often finishes the sculpture with formed copper foliage.
Inspiration for the artist often begins in the natural world. Currently this includes 1600’s dutch flower and forest floor paintings and Artists such as Beth Cavener, Carmen Almon and Ellen Jewett.
Childhood's End Gallery is exhibiting a crow and raven show with 7 artists called 'Autumn Chorus'. I will have 4 crow and raven sculptures there.
AUTUMN CHORUS will have an opening night on October 6th, 2023 The show is open until November 12, 2023 in Downtown Olympia, WA