Laurie Lambrecht is a photographer from Bridgehampton, NY. She has such a unique style — she plays with texture, surface and color to make natural forms seem abstract, and even ethereal. I discovered her work when I purchased a photograph last summer at an auction at The Light Factory. (Also, I thought it was very cool of her that she donated the work to their auction.)
Fun fact: Laurie was also Roy Lichtenstein’s assistant for years!
See more and get my Q&A with Laurie below!
5 Questions for Laurie Lambrecht
1) What is your favorite kind of work to do at the moment?
For 2 months I’ve been living and working at an artist residency in Norway. For a long time I’ve thought of trees as being my ongoing muse. Here on the edge of the Hardanger Fjord my eye and curiosity has been captured by what’s happening on the stoney beaches and rocky coastline. In particular I’ve been photographing seaweed especially the ones that have attached themselves to stones. They remind me of bonsai trees. I’ve been researching textile and costume traditions in Norway including: wool production, weaving, knitting and embroidery. My switch-over years ago to digital photo production seems to have created a craving for texture and the haptic. More and more I am incorporating fiber work with my photographs.
2) What kinds of things inspire you?
Nature is the great mind expanding influence and solace for me. Walking in the woods or on the beach, each time something new toggles my thoughts. I do love immersing into the life’s work of artists. We are so lucky that our museums provide access to brilliant work and spark an ongoing conversation of creative thought.
3) Who else do you admire in the art space?
That is an ever growing and changing list! I just saw a retrospective of Miro at the Grand Palais in Paris. I never thought I was a fan but for the moment I’ve a bit of a crush! Sheila Hicks, the artist working for years with fiber totally amazes me…”boundless” and “expansive” are words that come to mind. The other artist on my radar right now is Annie Albers. Known for her weaving, she was a student of the Bauhaus and former teacher at Black Mountain College and at Yale. Right now I’m reading the biography of Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Issacson. Wow! I recommend getting to know about him!
4) Coolest possession?
My coolest possessions are actually experiences…and now the memories of them. People I got to spend time with. The places I got to see and be in. Very often my camera gave me access but sometimes it was just serendipity — being curious and showing up!
5) Favorite quote or words to live by?
Oh, it has been said a thousand zillion times…
To see more work:
Follow Laurie on Instagram, or visit her site for more! She also has a book of her photos of Roy Lichtenstein in his studio that you can check out here.
I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!
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