These two prints are from a series made from objects that I find while exploring in my boat. In some ways I think of printing washed up debris as another way to collaborate with the tidal currents in the harbor. The harbor takes all these objects and sucks them in, then redistributes them around the shore according to weight, shape and density. Then I come along and do something else with them. I have been making these flotsam prints by inking the object and then pressing paper onto the form. Sometimes I print them right where they lay in the sand and sometimes I bring the objects back to my studio and print them with a printing press. Printing this way is an attempt to record the story that an object tells about itself, about its own travels on the tide.
Based in Brooklyn, Marie Lorenz uses handmade boats as artworks; navigating throughout the city’s waterways. Her work includes video, sculpture, and a photographic web journal that documents her exploration. Visit her website to learn more.