Lorrie Fredette's makes work that begins with medical and environmental stories and subverts that information to explore how we conflate notions of fact and fiction. Her studio practice has ties with scientific methodologies such as extensive data collection, observation, documentation review and replication. During the replication process, she "falsifies her finding" moving away from what is believe to be the truth or what is believed to be lies.
Lyme disease has informed the work on exhibit at WFG. Because undiagnosed and untreated Lyme manifest symptoms that the medical profession often relates to other diseases such as MS, Fredette added these "other diseases" and their symptoms to her data collection and replication process. Three bodies of work from the series are included in the exhibition...three-dimensional drawings, discharge prints and a site-responsive installation.
Fredette's recent installation, "The Great Silence", a 36 foot long undulating canopy that considers the smallpox virus and created for the Cape Cod Museum of Art, is currently on exhibition at the Bank of America Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. She is a graduate of the Herron School of Art/Indiana University. Her drawings, sculptures and installations have been exhibited in galleries, museums and institutions across the U.S. and in Europe. She currently lives and works in West Camp, NY.