Joseph Lorbacher Art Portfolio


My sculpture "Rooted was my first ever wire sculpture. Before I was even ready to start on the real sculpture I practiced with scrap floral wire. When I started with on the real sculpture I bought picture hanging wire, due to its rustic look, and dark color. I sculpted many days to reach the final piece. The sculpture eventually started to rust (which it wasn't supposed to, Because it had a coating) But I started to like it. Now the sculpture is completely rusted and mounted on a new base.

Art 21

From art 21 I chose Louise Bourgeois, I enjoyed her interesting surreal sculptures.

Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris France on December 25, 1911. In 1930 Bourgeois studied math but decided to end her studies when her mother died, she then decided to study art. Bourgeois had taken all of her struggles from childhood as her inspiration. Bourgeois moved into america in 1938 with her husband. Later in her life she taught at Pratt and received a retrospective at the metropolitan museum of art, all before passing on may 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois "Spider" 1997 Six editions in various locations

Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas was born in Paris France on July 19th, 1834. Degas started painting at an early age, but his dad did not wish for him to be an artist. Degas studied law but did not really try due to his lack of passion. Later on he went to École des Beaux-Arts and studied drawing.degas passed away on september 27, 1917. Now Degas is a famous artist with very popular paintings, including his many portraits of ballerinas.

Edgar Degas "Little Dancer of Fourteen" 1881 Tate Liverpool
Wire Sculpture

Puppet Show

Have you ever worked with a collaboration on a large art project before?
reflect on a group project and write about your experience and how it worked.

Working on a group projects is usually difficult because communication is necessary. Normally when I work on a group project I have to do a lot outside of school, and because of that one person gets stuck with it.

What are your feelings about collaborative art?

I have always been interested in trying to do collaborative art, but i have never gotten the chance to try and do it. I have planned to do collaborative pieces but they never go through.

What did you contribute to your puppet making group?

When working with the female lion group I contributed to the building process, along with Sierra. When I worked in the ostrich group I contributed to building, adding feathers and designing the body.

What did your group contribute to the show?

My first group made the mother figure to the main lion. My second group made the the character who gave the egg to the young eland.

Explain how your team worked together?

My Team worked together to figure out any roadblocks we came up to. In addition to roadblocks we also gave advice on the works of others in the group.

Explain how the different art disciplines integrated. ( Think writers, artists, actors, dancers, musicians, sound, and lighting designers, the lights, tech, and blocking.)

The different art disciplines helped bring the pieces to life, without the other disciplines the show wouldn't happen. The art disciplines helped make a great show to benefit liv.

How did seeing the art on stage and in context affect your idea about collaborative art?

I thought that it was cool to see the work that we worked on brought to life by others. Collaborative art is interesting, the credit of each piece is shared, and not one person is given all the glory.

How did meeting the people from LIV make you feel about art and the work you did for the show?

Meeting the people from Liv showed what the show was really for. I felt like the art I contributed to actually did something, and it showed who we supported.


My Block print “Alone” is a remake of a painting I made over the summer. I wanted a challenge to make the painting into a block print. The print was a challenge because not only was the subject a hard one to transfer, it also had to be made into a reduction print.


For my art I chose the surrealism movement to draw inspiration from, due to the interesting compositions in the works

Elizabeth Murray

I chose the artist Elizabeth Murray due to her interesting paintings and themes she uses.

Linoleum reduction print

Stranded abroad


Hermosa Mariposa

Wire Sculpture


Linoleum Block Print

Art Honors III

In Art Honors III I have learned many things that will help me in my future with art.

I have learned valuable lessons in time management. Sometimes I would have deadlines surprise me and I would have work to meet them. I would plan my time I would have left to finish the project. In addition to Learning about time management I also learned about how it is ok to have a failed piece. My last project in my opinion was a failed piece, but I have learned from that. I learned what my strong suits are and what I am not so good at.

AP Art


The AP 3D Design Breadth Portfolio features 8 pieces these pieces are meant to be fast, and show your range of approaches in art. as the breadth pieces evolve they slowly lead towards your concentration. Breadth pieces are not meant to follow a central theme and are recommended to be very diverse to help show a range.


For my concentration I chose to go with the idea of Natural Architecture. My theme was created after connecting a story with my childhood and growing up on rural farmlands. Agriculture was a huge thing in my life growing up and I wanted to make sure I included it in my Concentration. All of my pieces are named with the Latin names of the insects that inspired them, as this helps the viewer connect each piece with the natural inspiration it has.

Ruins of Solenopsis invicta

This piece connects with my childhood because of a belief I had when I was younger. I beleived that the roots of corn stalks were ant churches. I used the corn roots and I compared them with the alters in catholic churches from my trip to Italy.

Before I was able to fire my piece I unfortunately broke them. I then came up with a way that I could still use the pieces I had


This piece was inspired by the cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi "La Sagrada Familia" and the mounds created by african termites

Creating the form

Actias luna

Actias luna was designed to show the emergence of a Luna moth from the cocoon the piece uses a light on the interior of the cocoon portion of the piece to help communicate the idea of emergence. This idea is further expanded on with the use of satin coming from the inside of the cocoon piece of the sculpture.

Amicta quadrangularis

Amicta quandrangularis is a piece which is inspired by the Israeli bagworm which is know for creating cocoons with a sticks. These cocoons have an amazing sense of layering. In order to recreate the layering of the cocoons I used layered cardboard.

Papilio glaucus

In this piece the wire sculpture is meant to represent the eastern tiger swallowtail which is a butterfly very common in North Carolina, I do plan to have paper/silk on the piece in an effort to connect this piece with the rest of the pieces in the concentration

Solenopsis invicta Restored

This piece was meant to be a recreation of the first piece in my concentration. After the first piece broke I planned to rebuild it. I created the piece to be more structurally sound than the predecessor. I found it easier to create this structure in wire because I am extremely used to the medium of wire rather than clay.

Artist Statement

When I was in elementary school I hated going to school every day, I was never the kid who enjoyed to learn about Math, Science or English. While I never enjoyed the core subjects of school the class I always loved going to was art. In my freshman year of high school, I learned how draw realistically and I have used these skills to improve my skills since. During my junior year I was selected to attend the Governor’s School of North Carolina for Art. My time at Governors School had taught me how to demonstrate ideas in an abstract way, which is a lesson that I use in my art classes now. I am currently a senior at Northwood and I am an AP Art student.

While I had always loved creating pieces of art it wasn’t until high school in which I would start making 3D works. I started with a spool of wire that I bought from Lowes and I was able to create a human form out of it. It was after that sculpture that I realized that I loved working with 3D mediums. There was something about sculpture that I loved. Currently I have been creating 3D works for my AP 3D design Class. I have been focusing on the natural architecture of insects. This includes things made by insects as well as forms inspired by insects. I have started to change my works from literal representations of insects’ creations to more abstracted views of the works. In one of my recent works I showed the emergence of a Luna moth from the cocoon. When you first see the work it seems as if it is just a lantern. However, the use of fabric and the light helps create the feeling of emergence from the cocoon. I also show a more abstract representation in my recent cardboard sculpture which shows a twisting structure. The twisting structures is a representation of a bagworm from Israel called the Amicta. The Amicta creates cocoons out of wood, these structures are amazing, for my piece I took inspiration from their structures and I created a piece to mimic their layers.

After high school I will be attending a four-year university to receive my degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. While I will not be majoring in art I will still use my art in my life and career. I plan to lead tour groups in Europe and a knowledge of art is crucial in such an environment. I will be living in either Spain or Germany, and I will be leading tours or working with an airline, to help others travel and experience the world.

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