Lorraine Inzalaco is an artist
whose work portrays women loving women. She earned a Studio Arts degree at
the Art Academy of Cincinnati, a BFA from the University of Cincinnati, and
an MFA at Queens College.
When painting from models, Lorraine builds a vignette with props, and then
the models step into the scene. The women in her paintings are sometimes
loved ones, sometimes professional models, as well as women she has imagined.
Many of her paintings are life-size in scale. I'm comfortable painting
large, she explains. It's about body rhythm as you move across
the canvas. She has on occasion constructed life-sized soft-sculpture
women and used them in place of models "because they can do things models
can't (like hold a kiss for three days)."
Lorraine says, As a Lesbian and an artist, I have been recording
the wonderful gifts of my life as far back as I can recall.
Making art as a celebration of my love for women, and my being loved
by women is natural subject matter for me. Her passion for
creating began early, I remember in kindergarten when I would
draw. she said. The beautiful teacher would suggest
we lie on the floor with a very large sheet of paper and Crayola
crayons, and she would begin the classical music on an old record
player. The rich combination of music, my innocent and pure love
for her, and the permission to express myself visually and colorfully,
set the conditions for my studio life for years to come. Lorraine
considers her subject matter of women loving women to be not only
a simple and direct telling of her own life story, but an attempt
to contribute to the women's movement and others who are finding
a voice in the world. My subject matter is not intentionally
political, however I want my work to be visible. I believe I am
being political by being present.