Pontoon (Mill Basin), 2011. Print, hand-printed with Sumi ink on Kozo-Shi
Courtesy of the artist, Brooklyn, NY
Mill Basin is an ink print of a broken pontoon found on a beach near Mill Basin, Brooklyn. Marie Lorenz‘s work uses hand-built forms on an ambitious scale. She considers her prints of washed-up debris to be collaborations with the tidal currents that moved, deconstructed, and reshaped the objects. After crashing a sailboat off the coast of Italy, Lorenz’s recent work has become increasingly focused on the story that objects have to tell. When she finds a suitable object, she prints it either on location or at her studio. This printing process is, in effect, a means of recording the story that an object tells about itself, about its own travels on the tide, and it also marks the moment when an object is no longer useable for its intended purpose.