Lori E. Schafer
Medium drawing | mixed media | photography | textiles | other
Location 91 North Main Street, Floor A, Rockland, ME, 04841,
Soon after being born in Yonkers NY in 1963, Lori Schafer relocated to farm country in Upstate New York while still in diapers. Surrounded by a menagerie of farm animals, her love of them continued to grow and eventually found this love running alongside her love of creating art. A few decades later she founded WalkingWool™ Studio — a name chosen because her love of sheep transcended all other animals, save for dogs. She spends the majority of her time making drawings and photographs, spinning and dyeing wool, and creating fiber objects that celebrate the unique qualities of the “raw stuff.”A longtime artist, Lori Schafer has worked at iconic NYC art museums and galleries. She is a dedicated vegetarian, and spent many years creatively absorbed with the fruits of her existence. A multi-year series of large scale vegetable drawings were inspired by her involvement with CSA farms. A juried competition sponsored by The Fitchburg Art Museum culminated in having those works displayed in the museum for three months. She has been selected over three decades to exhibit throughout the Northeast United States.Lori received her BA Cum Laude in Fine Art and German from St. Lawrence University, and studied art history at CUNY Grad School for several years. She has also lived and travelled abroad extensively. She currently resides in Rockland ME with her husband Jeff, an artist and writer.
“My approach to my natural subject matter is up close and personal. It would not be possible for me to get too intimate, and even take home pieces of their existence to handle, transform, and celebrate. Organic vegetables, wool fleece, found objects from the shore, woods, and fields – it is all fair game to me. Photography allows me to capture what cannot be brought back to the studio, where my intent is to constantly savor the joy I experience from nature.”