Motherhood informs my subject selection, often exploring growth, vulnerability, and strength. The lack of identity that can be felt as a mother finds its voice in these creations, as I navigate the tension between self-expression and selflessness.
The multifaceted roles and identities that women inhabit extend beyond motherhood. In today’s society, women are expected to excel as mothers and as professionals, partners, friends, and more. This complex web of roles often leads to an internal struggle, where the woman’s identity becomes a mosaic of societal expectations. Society has historically perpetuated the idea that women are somehow “less than,” perpetuating stereotypes and unequal treatment.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lori Solley is a full-time instructor at Kilgore College. She received her MFA from Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, TX in printmaking and a BFA from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2-dimensional art. Her work consists primarily of combinations of drawing, printmaking, and collage techniques. She has exhibited nationally and regionally. She was recently selected as Top 5 shows to see in Texas in September 2022 by Glasstire. She is a native of Gladewater, Texas, and currently lives in East Texas with her husband, two kids, and many pets.
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