Lorelle Rau’s recent body of work is about recycling, repurposing, and preserving nature. Inspired by intricate shapes and rich textures, she has also made the experience and rawness of the natural world an integral part of her creative process. Most of these collages evolve from a single set of patterns used over and over again to create new but visually related works.
Cutting up old prints and drawings from her past, Rau deconstructs these items and makes use of almost every scrap derived from the original. The production of a new whole is the central tenet of the collage medium, and appropriating preexisting images to create fresh, unique work is her intention.
Rau’s approach is completely intuitive and unplanned. Instead of purchasing new source material, she collects free resources, reusing and reconfiguring them to function aesthetically and conceptually with one another. By appropriating imagery from brochures, magazines, books, and more, Rau is recontextualizing original elements and presenting them with new meaning.