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Mace & Crown | April 22, 2018

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Old Dominion Alumna Lorraine Fink takes “Journeys”

Old Dominion Alumna Lorraine Fink takes “Journeys”

Current stop at Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center recommended Norfolk native Lorraine Fink’s paintings titled “Journeys.” A total of 16 canvases are at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, which is open to the public.

Her canvases express her interest in Jungian philosophy, a concept created by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. They make visual references to worldwide folklore where birds are symbolic to the soul. In a phone interview Fink described Jungian philosophy as “everything comes from the animals, a circle and the environment.” Fink became drawn to the philosophy after taking several semesters of classes about it.

Fink has traveled to Africa, India and the Caribbean Islands. The birds in these three locations greatly influence the figures she uses in her artwork. “Some birds protect their young,” Fink said. “They are models for human behavior.”

Fink was flattered to be a feature artist. “It’s an honor and I also had my works featured at the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery,” Fink said. She also had her paintings featured in the Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chrysler Museum.

Patti Edwards, Senior Art Lecturer was delighted to have Fink’s work at the Virginia Beach Center. At the closing reception, Edwards said, “It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the artist and her vision.”

To Edwards, “[Women’s History Month] is a time when people can pause and take a moment of gratitude and take note of the many accomplishments of women.” Fink’s “Journeys” exhibit “represents past present and future journeys. I thought of as a metaphor for women collectively,” Edwards said.

March 27 marks the last day for Fink’s canvases to be on display. On Wednesday visitors will have a chance to meet her from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information on the accomplishments of women artists, the National Museum of Women in the Arts highlights the accomplishments of female artists. According to their website only 5 percent of art displayed in museums are by women artists. They want to change that for the future of female artists.


By: Eric Smith

Staff Writer