Lori Tremblay

"Sum and Substance" simply defines that which is "essence." The quintessential nature, form, or uniqueness at the core of each painting is the carrot ever dangling in front of me. Though the geometry of each piece may unite them as a body or a family of paintings, it is in the development of each piece that its individuality is revealed.

As a painter, I feel it is my responsibility to listen very carefully and remain open to engage in dialogue with the painting and thus the process of painting is an active response to inspiration and a giving of myself in trusting perseverance toward the revealing of its essence.

Sum and Substance Paintings
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Blossom
2011
oil on panel
42 x 40 inches

Based on a diagram of an orbiting satellite, the process of development of this particular image blossomed from the center outward. Blossoming is an intrinsic aspect of the relationships between the center of each of us and the satellites of our lives which act to shape us as we interact with them through the aperture of our minds.
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Diagonal Flight
2011
oil on panel
40 x 42 inches

Organized specifically around the concept of the celestial sphere, here we have the sphere being cross sectioned by a striped plane. The directional elements imply a piercing through of what we take for granted as understood theory of reality and reveals a possibility that all is not as certain or solid as we perceive it to be.

Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Faith and Stardust
2011
oil on panel
30 x 30 inches

The celestial sphere is a conceptual construct of the night sky’s display. Although it is not a sphere as our globe is, it appears spherical perhaps as a result of our observing it through the lens of the spherical earth and the lens of our spherically shaped eyes. It is helpful for us to imagine it as a sphere as we organize the patterns of stars we observe overhead.
Faith and Stardust is really a depiction of that construct without its contents yet being realized; thus the name Faith - “the substance of things hoped for” and Stardust - the yet unformed though coming into being of the stars.
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Carousel
2011
oil on panel
30 x 30 inches

Tipping form and colorful relationships suggest smooth rolling. Carousel originated from an automotive diagram.

Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Waiting in Formation
2011
oil on panel
30 x 30 inches

Focused and poised, standing in anticipation of movement...Chinese philosophy would call this movement in the stillness.
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Locus: Balance
2010
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches

Turning and pivoting, a gentle reminder to find center...seeking balance.

Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Locus Finale (private collection)
2013
oil on panel
7 x 7 1/2 inches

The Locus Series was inspired by Apollonius of Perga's work on Conics. This final piece of the series embraces Western art's Renaissance palette with a modern twist.
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Locus: Surrender (private collection)
2010
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches

A locus is a set of points whose location is determined by stated conditions, which in this case demand we pay homage to the center.

Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Locus: Change (private collection)
2010
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches

"Locus: Change" is the point just after the purple catalyst has ignited and is pushing against the angularity of her yellow boomerang.
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Locus: Epiphany (private collection)
2010
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches

Ever reaching upward and outward into our three dimensional space, "Epiphany"
is ongoing vertical revelation to us...

Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Water (Icosahedron) - (private collection)
2009
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches

Cool and refreshing, well maybe this icosahedron is a bit chilly, but reminds one of jumping into the water for an early morning meditative swim.
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Earth (Hexahedron)
2009
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches

The symbol of "earth" in Plato's philosophy is the hexahedron. This particular rendition displays pattern and color of the plants and animal forms we share.

Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Air (Octahedron) - (private collection)
2009
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches

The eight-sided octahedron symbolizes "air" in Platonic tradition. Can you breathe in there?
Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Fire (Tetrahedron) - (private collection)
2009
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches

The tetrahedron is jagged and smooth at the same time...a perfect symbol for "fire" emanating warmth and spreading in all directions.

Lori Tremblay Sum and Substance Paintings oil on panel
Kingship
2010
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches

Platonic tradition holds the dodecahedron as the symbol for "heaven." Golden light and a variety of purple are compliments in color and here describe heaven's essence, "Kingship."
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