We had the good fortune of connecting with Loriann Signori and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Loriann, how do you think about risk?
As an artist the act of risk-taking travels many different paths. There is first the risk you take when you decide to forgo financial security to pursue your passion. For me that was decided early on. It was not questioned. Next, there is the risk we take each day when we go to the studio. We need to not only accept constant change, but, more importantly, embrace it. The longer I paint, the more I don’t want to know “how” to do something or have a technique upon which I rely to create my work. Predictability is a killer of excitement. Instead change has been my lesson. Each day is a new adventure into wonder and what I consider serious play. This play is investigative. What will happen if I…….?
My heart has a strong longing to be surprised.
Given this it might seem strange that I paint landscapes and still-lifes. It has all been done before. This motif isn’t avant-garde in any way. To me the pleasure is in the risk-taking. It does not mean that I am seeking novelty in my subject or methods…. No, no, no. A successful day at the easel is one that I astonish myself. It’s a gamble each day to approach the old with new eyes. It is the forward movement into not knowing that is my risk.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Long ago I had my greatest lesson. For two years I painted only a pot of yellow chrysanthemums. People would ask, “Don’t you get bored when you paint the same subject matter exclusively for two years?” Yes, of course, but that is the point. That is when the subject matter no longer matters. I learned to use boredom’s destructive potential to teach me to expand rather than contract my ideas. It is an entry point into discovery (of space, format, composition, color and method.)
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