I am pretty sure she never sleeps. Without a doubt she seems to always be working. This month Lori Vrba has THREE VERY LARGE art happenings here in the triangle. The release of her first monograph, The Moth Wing Diaries, has been published by Daylight Books. I doubt it will be her last. I have been lucky enough to have held a copy in my hands. It is a lush and beautiful art object by itself and contains a wonderful and elegantly designed collection of her photographs.
That would be enough for most people. Not Lori Vrba, who also has not one, but two exhibitions this month. The first has opened at Daylight's Project Space in Hillsborough and is also called The Moth Wing Diaries and greatly reflects the look and feel of the book. The second opens this Sunday, April 12th at the historic Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill. It is called Drunken Poets Dream after another large body of work.
Both of these wonderful exhibitions contain unique presentations of photographs, assemblage, and installation in Lori's distinctive style. Each offering speaks to the other and to the book in such a layered and personal way. This dialogue promises to give a viewer who has made the effort to take in all three a great sense of the depth and range of Vrba's voice. It is this honest and southern and feminine and introspective viewpoint that has brought Vrba much of the attention she has received. Lori credits moving to North Carolina and living in Chapel Hill with much of the inspiration and landscape that permeates her imagery, but most of her exhibitions and acclaim have come from elsewhere, other states and other countries, most notably in her native Texas. These two exhibits give our area an all too rare chance too bear witness to a special talent, to one of our own. Do yourself a favor. Go. See.