While based in the experience of daily interaction with our immediate surroundings, my work examines looming traditional and cultural expectations that resist forces of change while also promising something better. These pieces question, in part, the everyday search for meaning and fulfillment. Representations of generic middle-America allude to the common feeling of disconnect, as well as the struggle for validation and happiness in daily life. 

Lori Larusso earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) graduate interdisciplinary program, the Mount Royal School of Art and a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has been awarded national and statewide awards, including multiple residency fellowships. Recent awards include a Visual Artist Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, Willapa Bay AiR, and The Studios of Key West. Lori exhibits her work nationally and internationally, with representation by Skidmore Contemporary in Santa Monica, CA. Lori currently lives and works in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky.