Breaking into the art world is a lot like creating a storm and when it hits everyone will know.
Eye of the Storm
In less than two years of existence, Lawrimore Project has become historic, notorious, and centripetal. It has changed the course of contemporary art in Seattle. How the hell did that happen?
Susie Lee wanted to make a storm. It is not an easy thing to do. It's especially not easy for an artist who's never had a solo show in a commercial gallery before.
For her first big solo show, her coming-out party in the art world, when you walked in out of the real rain, she wanted you, for all sorts of reasons, to confront the virtual twin of what you'd just left behind.
First you'd find yourself in total darkness. Disorientation. There would be a several-second wait before anything happened, and in that time, you'd have no idea what was around you or who was in the room with you. As your eyes began to adjust, a crack of thunder would erupt from nowhere and the rain would start, building to a crescendo of drops hitting the floor—all achieved with only light and sound. It would be beguiling, and familiar, and unfamiliar, and then it would disappear, and for several minutes you'd be left in the dark again, wondering what just happened, wanting to feel it again, forced to wait.