The Fine Art of Towson-Glen Arm: Tricia Lane-Forster – part 1

Tricia Lane - 'Garden Of Wander' - autumn 1992; lino cut print

Tricia Lane – ‘Garden Of Wander’ – autumn 1992; lino cut print

Compared to its abundance of music, performance art, graphic design,and writing, Towson-Glen Arm’s fine art crop was quite sparse. Nonetheless, TGA fine art pieces are among the scene’s most seminal works, bold visions energized by eccentricity, conceptual sophistication, and raw phantasmagoria. Some of the greatest fine art painters, print makers, and illustrators of TGA included Chiwen Bao, Sarah Kershaw, and, last but not least, Tricia Lane.

Tricia now goes by the name Tricia Lane-Forster; she is one of the most prolific of all Towson-Glen Arm artists, she’s someone who I’ve been friends with since kindergarten, and(like Lou Thomas and the music duo Walker & Jay) she is one of the few artists who has continuously produced work in the Towson-Glen Arm vein well into this century. Lane-Forster was also one of the scene’s pioneers, so it makes sense that much of her early work is both an iconic example of TGA style and a historical record of the wild activities and colorful characters that enlivened the north County underground’s heyday.

Furthermore…well…I’ll just let Tricia Lane-Forster herself take over from here,

“…I first became really interested in art in the 8th grade (1988-1989), but it wasn’t until high school, in Mr. Ed Smith’s art classes, that I found my favorite medium, printmaking. I spent my 10th, 11th, and 12th grades (1991-1993) listening to music, going to shows, writing poetry, daydreaming, making zines, and carving a huge number of large linoleum printing plates. “Garden of Wander,” a self-portrait, was carved and printed in 1992 (the same year Lisa Starace and I started writing music together for Spastic Cracker). Printmaking was my absolute favorite because I so enjoyed making multiple copies of my artwork, saving some, experimenting with different colors, giving away prints to friends, and making changes to the plates if necessary.

Tricia Lane - ' Dystopia' - 1995; silk screen print on fabric

Tricia Lane – ‘ Dystopia’ – 1995; silk screen print on fabric

detail from 'Dystopia'

detail from ‘Dystopia’

I went on to major in Art with a concentration in Fibers at Towson Sate University in 1993. I created yardage of fabric for assignments expressing my interest in satellites, dystopian literature, industrial themes, pattern, and color…

‘Dystopia’ – …three yards of printed fabric (silk screened) from 1995 – features a pregnant robot woman hooked up to circuitry… I included it in a small two-woman show (featuring my work and Melissa Fatto’s work) in a gallery in Sowebo* in 1996…I’ve included “Sputnik,” three yards, lino-cut repeat pattern in primary colors, from 1995, here because the image was based on a photograph of Sputnik found in the Towson State University Resource Center’s discard pile – a place that Lisa Starace and I frequented in search of imagery for (concert) flyers.

Tricia Lane - 'Sputnik' - 1995; lino cut print on fabric

Tricia Lane – ‘Sputnik’ – 1995; lino cut print on fabric

printer plates from 'Sputnik'

printer plates from ‘Sputnik’

I often mailed proofs of printed fabric to pen pals in the late nineties. I was and am still very interested in giving my artwork away. The Towson-Glen Arm scene was about sharing creativity in so many ways and part of that was mailing letters to people who had moved away to other cities for college or adventure. My letters often included drawings, prints, reports on which bands I had seen play, and mix tapes.

Tricia Lane - 'Camoflage' - 1993; a reproduction of a lino cut print which appeared as a text illustration in the 1993 edition of Dulaney High School's "Sequel" literary magazine.

Tricia Lane – ‘Camoflage’ – 1993; a reproduction of a lino cut print which appeared as a text illustration in the 1993 edition of Dulaney High School’s “Sequel” literary magazine.

I moved to Savannah, Georgia in the summer of 1997 to pursue an MFA in Fibers…”

(to be continued)

(*an abbreviation for ‘southwest Baltimore’)

To see more of Tricia Lane-Forster’s work check her profile on Etsy:

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