Comma, an annual publication of objects and words housed at the FSU Facility for Arts Research is pleased to announce its first artist in residence. Lorrie Fredette, who will be visiting FAR June 8-14, will be working with Comma director and founder, Judy Rushin, on an upcoming release. Fredette’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has participated in residencies at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, (Ithaca, NY), the Adolf and Virginia Dehn Visiting Artist Program at Loomis Chaffee, (Windsor, CT), and the Women’s Studio Workshop, (Rosendale, NY).
Comma appeals to the idea that collections of small things create narratives they wouldn’t carry individually, and that intimate encounters with objects can potentially grab our imaginations. Comma collaboratively creates and produces a variety of hand-made and digitally produced, 2- and 3-dimensional works intended to be handled. Each volume will bring together visiting artists to contribute to a limited edition boxed set.
Comma’s inaugural issue, Ghost Objects, was released in February with FSU artists Kevin Curry, Lilian Garcia-Roig, and Carolyn Henne. Included are a cast metal facsimile of a river rock, a silicone hand that talks, and a medallion that honors a family lineage.
Lorrie Fredette creates site-specific investigations that examine beauty, harmony and comfort to comprehend the incomprehensible aspects of infection, pandemic and plague.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Exhibition venues include Art Miami (Miami, FL), University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN), Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ), Schema Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Dowling College (Oakdale, NY), SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, NY), Cynthia-Reeves Project (Brattleboro, VT), Islip Art Museum (NY), Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ), Bank of America Headquarters (Charlotte, NC), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA) and Jyväskylä Art Museum (Jyväskylä, Finland).
She is the recipient of awards that include MARK 09 and Strategic Opportunity Grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2009 and 2007 respectively), and has participated in residencies at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, (Ithaca, NY), the Adolf and Virginia Dehn Visiting Artist Program at Loomis Chaffee, (Windsor, CT), and the Women’s Studio Workshop, (Rosendale, NY). Fredette holds a BFA in sculpture from the Herron School of Art/Indiana University. Cynthia-Reeves in New York represents her work.