Intermittently over a period of two years, Laurie Lambrecht photographed the lush habitat surrounding the Robert Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. Inspired by the multi-layered and textured environment as well as formal relationships between the plant and human life found there, she began printing her images on the soft surface of recycled newsprint to convey the irresistibly tactile nature of this place. This focus on patterns and texture, as well as a desire to work more with her hands, soon led to Lambrecht's "Bark Cloth" series, which consists of photographic images of trees printed on linen and embroidered by the artist to emphasize the unique lines and patterns of bark. Lambrecht writes, “I love that the bark of a tree can appear to be a topographical map, and how the outlines of the bark’s scales can read like rivers or mountains. I am using lines of embroidered thread as a visual guide through the bark’s imagined landscape.”
Laurie Lambrecht was born in Bridgehampton, New York and resides there today. She earned her undergraduate degree at Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York, and has studied in graduate programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, where she also worked at the George Eastman House. Lambrecht’s projects include documenting Roy Lichtenstein’s studio in the early 1990s while she was his assistant. Inside Roy Lichtenstein’s Studio was exhibited in Houston at the Bank of America Center during the FotoFest 2010 Biennial, as well as in the U.S., including at Blue Sky, and abroad. China 2009, a series of landscapes, taken during her first trip east, was exhibited at Rick Wester Fine Art, New York in 2012. Lambrecht participated in Centro Colombo Americano de Medellín’s 2013 Zoomlab in Colombia, working with high school and university students for two weeks. While in Colombia, she had a solo exhibition at El Museo Universidad de Antioquia. This is Lambrecht's second solo show at Blue Sky.