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Collective Alphabet, multiple works - By Angela Lorenz

Please join conceptual, visual artist Angela Lorenz in this creative and collaborative workshop. Angela’s conceptual approach is research-driven and fosters data visualization. Any artistic process or material is ripe for use to express an idea. Her work centers on material culture, visual culture, and language. Frequent topics include archaeology, architecture, textiles and literature. She often infuses humor whenever possible.

Collective Alphabet is both an invitation to think about the infinite ways to render text on the page and a collective work of art that will be donated to a public collection at the end of the workshop. Participants will each be rendering several letters of the alphabet on a square support to be packaged together in a box containing 26 letters.

Collective Alphabet 2 - a book showcasing the alphabet - By Angela Lorenz

Often the application of text is an afterthought as opposed to a conceptually integrated element of a work of art or an artist’s book. This workshop encourages experimentation: frottage, resist, embossment, dyeing, sewing, perforation, watercolor, rubber stamp, nature printing, stencils, collage, and transfer printing – simple techniques to create letters and the conceptual aspects relating to them.

Collective Alphabet - By Angela Lorenz

Image credits: The Collective Alphabet was created by a class at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia in 2012 and donated to Special Collections, Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design.

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Instructor: Angela Lorenz

Visual artist Angela Lorenz (b. USA) resides in New England with annual stays in Bologna, Italy. Her watercolors, prints, multiples and artist’s books live in over 100 public collections in the US and abroad, and have been widely exhibited. She received a B.A. in fine arts and semiotics from Brown University, which included classes at RISD in graphics and glass and a year at the University of Bologna (DAMS).

Lorenz’s work is both in the permanent collections of and has been exhibited at major libraries and institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Clark Art Institute, the Portland Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, Houghton Library, The New York Public Library, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and The British Library, Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), the Getty, Harvard Art Museums, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, MASS MoCA, The Farnsworth Art Museum, and The Yale University Art Gallery, and Library of Congress