Lori Vrba: The Moth Wing Diaries
on view through August 31, 2015
The work of Lori Vrba is elegant and enchanted. The self-taught artist employs a traditional approach to photography; knowing Vrba's work is film based and darkroom processed lends a timeless mystique and layers poetics into her frames. The Moth Wing Diaries exhibition is accompanied by a monograph with the same name. The prints and the text are intimate and soft. The work engage symbols we associate with love, femininity, change, family, and growth. Repeating symbols include moths, butterflies, eggs, feathers, and nests. We find that her incorporation of flora and fauna reference not only nature but cycle. Recurring characters are children, adolescents, and at times the flash of grown figures darting from view. Her inclusion of things like bird cages or jars indicate a desire to preserve. On the whole, the works speak to transition and encourage pause. Her frames indeed stop time and feel like halted memories and cherished instants. This sentiment transcends the frame, and we experience a desire to cherish all of life's fleeting moments.
Upcoming Artist's Reception: Saturday, July 11
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Learn more about the work or view the exhibition online at Catherine Couturier Gallery.
Review of the exhibition in the Houston Press.
Lori Vrba, Butterfly
Courtesy of Catherine Couturier Gallery