Tia Lorentzen is too busy making art to worry about what to call it.
I have so many things I want to start, I have a hard time finishing anything, the Durango artist said Thursday while putting the finishing touches on the 33 new pieces shell display this weekend as the star of the latest Lost Dog Art Spectacle.
However the finished products turn out, it will be up to the audience to name the pieces because thats about the only constant to be found in Lorentzens process.
I dont name my artwork because I dont want somebody to have a preconception. I want them to discover something or figure something out, she said.
Lorentzen is professionally trained as a multimedia computer designer with a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver. But that experience has no place in her artwork, which she started pursuing as a part-time profession only about 18 months ago.
As far as choosing this, it chose me. I didnt create for about four years, and now I cant stop. They just keep coming to me incredibly fast, and it consumes me, she said.
Shes not picky about materials, either. Lorentzens creations are painted on wood, glass, metal just about anything other than traditional canvas.
Im an alley shopper when I find a rusty piece of metal or tin, any leftover work materials someones left around Durango, its likely to end up as a piece of my art, she said.
The Albuquerque native has lived in Durango for about eight years, having followed her sister Bree to town after college.
The Lost Dog show will be her first major solo show. She participated in last falls Deliciously Weird show as a live artist and caught a case of artistic envy after seeing Dan Groths solo Spectacle earlier this year. So she asked McCarson Jones, who selects the artists for Lost Dog owner Ann Morse, if she could get in on the fun.
I told Carson in December that I wanted April, and she said that was the next available opening, so it was perfect, Lorentzen said.
To be accurate, this latest Art Spectacle isnt exactly a solo show at least it wont be for the opening night. The show will feature several large installation pieces by Lorentzens friend Char Cole. Dubbed eyethereal art, Coles pieces include an earthbound piece thats 6 feet in diameter and also several ceiling-mounted pieces that will require some effort on the part of viewers. The interaction is in keeping with Lorentzens general philosophy about her art andColes, whom she calls her muse.
Shes a huge part of the show, and we want people to discover or figure something out when they see our art, Lorentzen said.
I want to hear the good, bad and ugly. What do you see? What do you feel? I love the feedback.