My Boat is a He
BROCKWAY BOAT PANELS
Lori was raised and lives in Lyme, Connecticut, where the interesting and layered history of the area – its founding families, shipbuilding, boating, river life, and art – have all had a profound influence on her work. In particular, Lori was intrigued by the Yankee ingenuity of local icon, Earl Brockway, a well-seasoned Old Saybrook man who spent his life building simple plywood skiffs.
After Lori and her husband Mike had their first baby, Lori was inspired by how the hull of a Brockway Skiff resembled the embrace of the womb – much like a woman’s body becomes a vessel during pregnancy. As a result, Lori developed a new sculptural sensibility which gave birth to her boat panel series which each incorporate a unique piece of an entire 16-foot Brockway Skiff. Every piece is a mixed-media piece incorporating all or some of the following media, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture and film. Each panel include the original assembly instructions, giving a nod to the completion of the boat and paying homage to Earl Brockway and his uncompromising pursuit of his craft.