Interview with Judy Nemer Sklar, professional artist currently residing in Palm Desert, CA. Judy is writing a book about interviews with mid-life successful artists from all genres: https://artistnarratives.com/interview-with-lauretta-lowell/
An award winning mixed media/assemblage artist from La Quinta, CA, Lauretta Lowell has been selling her unusual creations in Fine Art Festivals and Art Galleries since 2009. Her whimsical assemblages are in many art collections all around the world. Articles on her work, and her journey to becoming an artist, have been published in major magazines.
Lauretta is originally from Santa Barbara, CA but moved to California's desert in 2002. You can find her working hard creating and teaching in her art studio in La Quinta, CA.
"My art isn't planned in advance; the objects I work with seem to tell me what to create as I touch them and see them. The story just seems to write itself while I pick up this and that, combining vintage and antique findings/treasures and they begin to talk to me, sparking some sort of electrical current through my veins. Using found or discarded objects; I hope to offer you an interesting and fulfilling moment that captures your curiosity and makes you smile."
After sustaining a serious head injury in a small plane crash in the late 1980s, a brain tumor developed in 2002 causing Lauretta to have several small strokes. It took five challenging years to recover from this damage and regain her independence again. Although Lauretta lost her aptitude to continue the career she had once known as a corporate marketing executive, she found herself increasingly drawn to art, both as a way of regaining her health and as a means of expressing herself. She feels blessed to have recovered with such a gift and
Lauretta Lowell's contribution to the arts is to unite the past and present with assemblage art that harvest relics of the early twentieth century with our expectations for cerebral sculptures today.
The whimsical creations that leave her collectors, and those new to her work, raising their eyebrows is her inspired output that fills her website and studio with wonder. Lauretta has careful control of her mysterious process. An art critic would note the results always hold a surprise as the obscure, even esoteric, output of a Berkshire factory in 1890 merged through her artist’s eye to Southern California colors creates truly new art.
Ms. Lowell's assemblages are ready to start a conversation in a gallery or a home. No wall, no table, no showcase is safe from her willingness to put so many things together, to construct each finished piece. With enigmatic titles come the wink of a sophisticated patron adding a whimsical curiosity to a collection. And with a study of each assemblage, after we puzzle over the puzzle, we always see more. There is always another layer or detour in each multi-media story.
The whole is much greater than the sum of the parts in Lauretta's world. But the parts come from so many places and memories, each holds its own. Lauretta Lowell has art gliding in new definitions. That is Lauretta at her best. She is always at her best.