Christine Lorenz

Salt 8290 by Christine Lorenz
Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sunday, October 29, 2017

Salt, Paper

Salt is the most common of common substances. In our stories and figures of speech, it takes a
thousand forms. And in the material world, it has as many ways of re-forming itself. Invisible
when it’s dissolved in water, it will saturate a surface and eventually crystallize, resurfacing in
complex patterns of angles, squares, cubes, and organic shapes without names. The earliest
photographic prints were made on papers soaked in salt solutions. With today’s technology, the
paper remains an essential component of our contact with the image. It typically doesn’t draw
attention to itself, but paper, like salt, can take on a life of its own.

Salt, Paper is a collection of black and white photographs representing close-up studies of salt
crystals, grown under various conditions that lead to different forms and patterns. The resulting
images often suggest galaxies or fields of stars. Some of the are trimmed down to shapes
inspired by the crystallization patterns. Others suggest those shapes through patterns of paper
folding. As a group, they serve as a subtle meditation on the strange beauty that can be found
everyday materials.

Artist Talk: October 26, 6:00pm

Workshop: “Look Closer, Step Back.” TBD

About the Artist:

Christine Lorenz grew up in rural Ohio. She earned a BA at Ohio State University with a double
major in English and Photography. While pursuing an MFA from the University of California, Santa
Barbara, she continued to integrate visual language in diverse formats, from book works to
installations. Since 2002, she has been teaching classes in photography, art history, and visual
culture at Duquesne University and Point Park University. Her current projects use photography
to trace divergent ways of finding meaning in everyday materials. She lives with her family in