About the Film
Lorrie Goulet: Spirit into Stone is an observational portrait of 94-year old sculptor Lorrie Goulet, one of the many unsung figures of modern art. The short documentary follows Lorrie from her studio in New York to a retrospective exhibit of her work at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida. Back in her studio, the film explores Lorrie’s relationship with her student and fellow direct carver, Carol Griffin.
Women in art appear in history with little identity other than their role in inspiring male artists, regardless of what their real-life circumstances actually were. In the rare cases in which women appear as active artists, history singles them out as exceptional, their “uniqueness” undermining their artistic achievements. Stories such as Lorrie Goulet’s have no place in such limiting scenarios.
Thriving as a sculptor in a male-dominated art world is key to understanding Lorrie's trajectory in her life and work. This layer speaks about art as a human necessity, the spiritual involvement in art making, and the act of sharing knowledge and experience as if there was no better way to honor art and life.
The film is directed by Lucy Adams, produced by Sara Torres Vega and James D. Fernández. It was made with support from the Made in NY Women's Film, TV & Theater Fund by the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment in association with the New York Foundation for the Arts.