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FONCHEN LORD PAPERS, RG5110, 1964-1988

Series I, Subject Files, 1965-1988

The records in this series document to a small degree the professional and personal lives of Fonchen Lord. Included are artist's statements, correspondence with gallery owners, museum directors and family members, biographical sketches, resumes, price lists for her work, newspaper clippings, an oil on fiber board painting entitled "Oblivion," a pen and ink sketch entitled "Anxiety," and a series of fourteen acrylic on paper sketches which she completed in a six week period in 1975.

The artist's statements, which were prepared for exhibitions of her work, detail Lord's evolving artistic philosophy. In one dated November, 1972, she explained her art evolving from the two dimensional canvas to the three dimensional sculpture in aluminum thusly: "Moving into the metal wall sculpture was a natural answer to solving the problems of receding folds and the stretches of canvas. Aluminum was chosen because of its beauty and lightness of weight."

Also of significant interest in this series are the only original examples of Lord's work in the collection. These are fourteen acrylic on paper sketches done in 1975 at the home of Jackson, New Hampshire artist, David Baker. Lord was one of ten artists invited to Baker's home once a week for six weeks to do quick drawings of posed models. In a letter accompanying the donation of the sketches, Lord described them as ". . .drawn with a full acrylic palette rather than a pencil." She described it as "a good experience to be forced to work fast."

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by name, subject, or type of record and chronologically within folders.

BOX FOLDER

FOLDER TITLE

DATES

1

1

Artist's Statements

1972, n.d.

     

2

Biographical Sketches

1985, 1993, n.d.

    

3

Business Cards

n.d.

      

4

Certificates of Award

1973-77

    

5

Correspondence

1967-80

      

6

Correspondence

1981-88

     

7

Lord, Carter (son): Correspondence

1966-67, 1983, n.d.

   

8

Lord, William P. "Wally" (son)

1969, n.d.

    

9

Lord, William W. (husband):  Newspaper Clippings re.

1970, 1974

    

10

Newspaper Clippings

1965-88 scattered

 

11

Painting:  "Oblivion" (oil on fiber board). See: Oversize

n.d.

    

12

Price Lists for Lord's Work

1984, n.d.

   

13

Resume

n.d.

 

14

Sketch: "Anxiety" (pen and ink sketch) See: Oversize

n.d.

    

15

Sketches (Acrylic on paper).  See:  Oversize

1975

   

16

Miscellaneous

n.d.