Mineral Point, Wisconsin


Lorraine Reynolds is a mixed media artist who works in fiber, assemblage, collage, video, and installation. A storyteller by nature, she uses reclaimed materials to help further the narrative in her work. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Art. Lorraine has taught and exhibited her work regionally as well as nationally. When she is not working in her studio or teaching, she is employed as a Design Consultant in the Apparel Industry. She lives in Mineral Point with her husband and her enormously affectionate German Shorthair Pointer. She has served on the board of Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts since 2015.


Lament - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Listen, children:
Your father is dead.
From his old coats
I’ll make you little jackets;
I’ll make you little trousers
From his old pants.
There’ll be in his pockets
Things he used to put there,
Keys and pennies
Covered with tobacco;
Dan shall have the pennies
To save in his bank;
Anne shall have the keys
To make a pretty noise with.
Life must go on,
And the dead be forgotten;
Life must go on,
Though good men die;
Anne, eat your breakfast
Dan, take your medicine;
Life must go on;
I forget just why.

One-part art object - one-part prayer, these fiber sculptures are created
through repetitive wrapping of reclaimed fabrics. The salvaging of these simple materials is an act of redemption and renewal. Derived from cast-off garments bound for landfills, vestments are turned into fabric strips that are wrapped tightly around found objects. The result is an artifact that transforms personal grief, trauma, and longing into powerful symbols of incubation, metamorphosis and rebirth.

Lament II, 2022, Fiber art installation, 9x12 ft., Courtesy of the artist