i'm a daddy's girl. i am ridiculously sentimental about snow. i cry every day, not because i am sad but because i am moved. i dance well. i dance often. i play guitar often, but not well. i collect sea glass, curious objects, fine photographs and brave people. i am a good mother. i am a good friend. i will be making art until my very last day which i hope is about 50 years from now where they'll find me at the ocean with a pocket full of seaglass, my last roll of film and a look of contentment.
I was raised in a small, back-woods Southeast Texas town. I did not grow up with an exposure to art. I did not have an uncle with a darkroom. I didn't really hold a camera until I was a grown woman. I am a self-taught artist committed to film and the traditional wet darkroom. I work intuitively in every creative element of my medium with an acute awareness of what and who has come before me. My life experiences have brought me to this place where I find myself overwhelmed with the drive to make photographs about who I am...what moves me, what I feel inside, what I believe to be sacred and enduring. I make pictures to challenge, calm, excite and satisfy my mind and heart. I share my work in hopes of leaving some permanent, telling mark on the world...that I Was Here.
"lori Vrba's imagery is rooted in themes of memory, illusion, loss and revival. Her assemblage works combine found objects with original photographs that speak to the southern sensibilities of storytelling. Her solo shows have been met nationally and internationally with great acclaim. Her work is held in permanent as well as private collections through out the world. She is the co-founder of Pigs Fly Retreats. vrba is curator for the Fox Talbot Museum's exhibition "Tribe" which opens January 2018. Her first monograph published by Daylight was named one of the top ten photo books of 2015 by American Photo Magazine.
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