Lorenna Grant – Artist
Lorenna’s work is an expanding inquiry into creating sculptural/experiential moments where art, nature, and humanity fuse. Her primary motivations are to do with ephemera and site specificity. Metaphors intended as physical manifestations of transience, transformation, migrational flows and instinctual pathways are seen in themes of containers: pods, nests, cocoons, water, and birds.
Lorenna works largely in the domain of public art and regards a particular public environment, whether natural or built, as a potential place of private transformation. Lorenna has a particular and high regard for nature and natural/biological systems and integrates her art to the ideal.
The selected art projects demonstrate the integration of art with nature and are as follows: Nesting Fields 1, 2 and 3. These are a series of sculptural towers that offer a functional element for nesting to our endangered wild parrots and owls. Each design is specific to the site and can be found from Perth to Bunbury, in the Southwest of Western Australia. Another project is a 250 metre long suburban drain transformed over 2 years to include art and ameliorative processes to filtrate, aerate, and vegetate the storm water running through them. As a result the city storm water drains began to be seen as clean generative experiences. This project resulted in a publication partially funded at the last moments by the Swan Water and Rivers commission, (Turtle Rush Art Action 1 1997).
Lorenna’s awards include: winner of Sculpture by the Sea 2005, with the artwork, ‘The Lions Throat’; an Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards (AILA) 2008, for the Swarbrick Wilderness Walk; the Department of Environment and Conservation, ‘Nesting Fields 1’, for Churchlands Green; and the West Australian Architecture Awards, 2009 for Manea College and Dalyellup Secondary College. Lorenna has also received several State and National residencies abroad.
Lorenna has a Masters of Creative Art from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.