The Most Pivotal Moment

May 11, 2021
Motion Magnetics painting detail | Copyright © Maria Lorena Lehman
Motion Magnetics painting detail | Copyright © Maria Lorena Lehman


Within my studio practice, sculpture creation complements my painting creation process. Within each, I explore questions that yield architectural applications as well as universal interpretations. I find that it is between such latter pursuits that true poetics can be achieved, because when a work of art speaks toward multiple levels of understanding, a ripple effect occurs where form and meaning work together to transcend the artistic artefact.


When striving for poetics within an artistic work – whether for a sculpture or a painting – it is important to look for the transcendent moment within the piece. At this moment, the piece becomes more than the sum of its parts, and it reaches a level where its interpretations evoke deep thought and emotion. For my artworks both of these are critical, particularly when creating and composing to beneficially impact those that experience the work.

When creating, I ask the following question of each piece: “How will this move people to become the best version of themselves?”. When exploring the answer to this question for my artistic creations and compositions, I find new ideas, I find new ways of seeing what I am creating, and I find new ways to explain the intention within my studio works. Furthermore, by exploring such questions, I am able to tap into what an art piece wants to become. This all builds to the thrilling moment when one’s initial creative vision comes to life.

About the author

Maria Lorena Lehman

Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary artist, designer, and author focusing on links between environmental design, science, emerging technologies, and human potential. Lehman is founder of MLL Atelier, an art-based architectural design research practice. Maria Lorena Lehman is author of the award-winning book entitled, Adaptive Sensory Environments. She is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize for the "most creative use of digital media in relation to the design professions". Lehman also creates sculptures and paintings described as "visual poetry of motion that is a new inspiration" by Daniel Smith, the company that creates watercolors for artists worldwide. Maria Lorena Lehman holds the degrees of Master in Design with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, from Virginia Tech. She is internationally published and in numerous periodicals, including The Architect's Journal, Esquisses Magazine, Architect Magazine and Forbes.