Marie Lorenz’s performances, installations, and sculptures are inspired by narratives of exploration and discovery, highlighting the uncertainties that arise on travels in unfamiliar territory. She reorients our perception of developed topography through her navigation of metropolitan waterways and tidal inlets, examining the interplay between human intervention and environmental change.
In her ongoing project, Tide and Current Taxi (2005-2007), the artist acts as a guide for participants wishing to visit sites in areas surrounding New York City that are accessible only by water. After each voyage, Lorenz provides a detailed account of the journey in her Web journal, www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org. These epic chronicles reflect our urge to delve into the unknown in an ongoing quest to expand our awareness of the world around us.
Marie Lorenz was born in Twenty-nine Palms, CA, in 1973 and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in sculpture from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 2002. She has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME (2004); Salzburg International Summer Academy, “Public Interventions” Seminar, Austria (2002); and The Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, Sausalito, CA (1997). Her recent group exhibitions include 12345678910, Eleven Twelve, Galleria Pilar Parra and Romero, Madrid, Spain (2007); Eternal Flame, Red Cat, Los Angeles, CA (2007); and High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA (2006-2004).