Lorraine Field

Artist Statement

I have an active art practice using the photographic image and its theoretical ground as the foundation for my work. My work since 2000, which includes several different series, has explored issues of feminism, landscape, temporality, and national identity as well as global tourism and migration.

Along with this conceptual framework that informs my choice of imagery, I am interested in what Roland Barthes calls the affect of the image. This is ultimately a non-verbal condition of photography he explores “not as a question (a theme) but as a wound: I see, I feel, hence, I observe, and I think.” (Barthes 1980: 21) In my work I strive to realize the marriage of a considered conceptual ground with an image that through its affect compels the viewer to see, feel, observe, and think.


Lorraine Field has a BFA and an MA in Art Ed from NSCAD. She has been a grant recipient of the Canada Council, the Nova Scotia Art Council, the Banff Centre, and the Barbara Spohr Award for Contemporary Photography. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in the following collections: the Art Bank of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Halifax Harbour Commission, and Government House, Halifax.

Website: http://www.lorrainefield.com/