Artist Statements

'THE ANGRY ORANGE' -

This series,'The Angry Orange', created while listening to the media report on the antics of the Trump Presidency. As a reaction to the frustration I hear and feel around me, this digital series shows an almost otherworldly reality the U.S. seems to be in. I've created an abstract almost comic-book response to the daily news. Some of the titles are mostly actual comments made by Trump or others in the media.
E.G. Hillary's 'Back Up You Creep'...
All images are light reflections photographed in sinks, kitchen and bathroom. I've altered the perspective through cropping, saturation, temperature and contrast on my Samsung Andoid phone.

'THE LOST YEARS' – 

I've been working on a series called The Lost Years for the past 6 years which documents the years that most adults cannot remember, before the age of 5. A child-development major, I spent many years as a nanny & I had an intimate access to the times the children are most in their own heads unaware of my presence. Studying the children has made me aware of how fragile my own memories are.

On a personal level, remembering fragments of my life before the age of five is very frustrating. My aunt walking into our Bronx apartment as I was dealing with triangle shaped tomatoes with an egg on my plate is one of my memories from age four. Why did my mother give me tomatoes?! "She knows I don’t like tomatoes!" Was this shape supposed to entice me?

Looking out through the crib bars into my grandmother’s Bronx apartment and seeing where the chair and alcove were. I don’t know how old I was but I was all alone sitting there.

I look at photographs of myself before five and see how happy I was and wish I could remember those times. What I remember is the verbal abuse that started when I was five and turned physical when I was about 10. Does the mind remember sad times more than happy times? Was I posing for the camera with a smile? What was real?
'BLIZZARD JONAS' -
(self-published book available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Blizzard-Jonas-York-City-2016/dp/1367355982/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478449667&sr=8-1&keywords=laurie+freitag)

A mixed media documentary series of the Blizzard that hit New York City January 2016. The city was basically shut down and people walked freely in streets. This work speaks to the beauty of the calm of isolated space in what could have appeared as chaos. I photographed images off of the CNN coverage on TV zooming past the reporters to make my own story of what I saw.

A little more of the story: Even though I had been out of the business for years, working as one of the first female broadcast engineers in Los Angeles TV news gave me a nose for news.

So when Blizzard Jonas was being broadcast on CNN as the
blizzard of the century, I was naturally hooked by the headline!

Nevermind that I had been an Angeleno for decades - once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker!

So with my Android phone sitting on an orange couch in a sunny Southern California suburb, I shot the news coverage... but with my own take on what was being broadcast.

CNN warned people to stay inside to avoid one of the worst blizzards to hit New York since the late 1800's. But reporters and many pedestrians went about their business as if it were just another day.

Roads were closed and people walked freely. What a testament to the grit and independence of New Yorkers!

As I zoomed past the TV reporters, I cropped away at the image instantly recreating the solitary, almost apocalyptic,
barren landscape that the city seemed to reflect.  In other
cases, people were just plain having fun.

Choosing b&w over the color footage is intentional as this takes me back to the early years of b&w television in the 1960’s when I was a child.