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«I don’t let anything leave the studio that doesn’t have heart.» With these words, Nancy Lorenz indicates the invariable operating premise of her work - craft and emotion must hold equal sway. Gold, silver, mother of pearl, lacquer and large wooden panels - these are the materials used by the American artist to create the works on display at the Leila Heller Gallery. Deeply in love with the Orient, in particular, Japan, where she spent her formative years, Lorenz, throughout her career, has demonstrated a prodigious capacity in understanding and utilising ancient techniques and revitalising them with modern processes. This has enabled her to create both new visions and echoes of ancient ones, creating a continuous dialogue between past and present. The works on display recall lunar and dreamlike landscapes but they are, at the same time, quite concrete. Oriental iconography mixes with abstract expressionism, technical mastery blends with a capacity to draw the eye towards depth, while materials complement the conceptual. The aim of Lorenz is not simply to create decorative works but to infuse her works with transcendental values producing immersive and emotional experiences.