Born 1949 in Cleveland, OH
Lives and works in New York City
For the past thirty years, Lorna Bieber has been using images appropriated from books and magazines as the starting point for her art. She then reinterprets the source images through a layered process of manipulation that involves enlarging, reducing, cropping, drawing, and collaging. By altering the original photograph, Bieber invites viewers to see the known world in utterly unfamiliar ways.
Lorna Bieber, Bird/Portrait, 2000–2001, gelatin silver print, 55 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist, © Lorna Bieber. Image courtesy of the artist
Lorna Bieber, Bird/Chest, 2000–2001, gelatin silver print, 71 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist, © Lorna Bieber. Image courtesy of the artist
Lorna Bieber, Birds & Flowers, 2008, gelatin silver prints, 104 x 230 in., Courtesy of the artist, © Lorna Bieber. Image courtesy of the artist
Working from stock photographs she finds in books and articles, Lorna Bieber investigates the role that photography plays in fixing images in our consciousness. Her Montage works comprise monumental grids of manipulated images that focus on some aspect of nature. The photographs are abstracted through a layered process of manipulation and rephotographing. In Birds & Flowers, she combines two of the most popular subjects in nature photography to examine how archetypal images become stand-ins for the actual things.