Lisa Anderson will give a gallery talk from 3-3:30pm.
This body of work highlights phenomena in nature often occurring in seemingly slight and subtle ways. I use intimate depictions and visual stories to bring these experiences forward for examination. Weather changes combined with the flora and fauna of the natural world provide me unlimited possibilities for my perceptions. These Imprints can occur over time or capture a small moment, each telling their own story.
In addition to my observations, the exploration of scientific processes and origins informs the work and often becomes part of the visual. What may be presumably inconsequential can actually signify the determination and will to survive. A leaf’s architecture prevents the wind from separating it from its life source. The hard pine cone protects seeds from predators and the climate until time for germination. Color attracts for reproduction purposes as well as
preventing harm. Transmutations also inform my work, telling their stories over longer lengths of time.
The idea of capturing an experience and inviting participation continues to be a focus. Contrasts in content that often occur in nature are made evident by texture, color, complexity, and light or dark to name a few. By the action/reaction of these elements, I share my sense of wonder with the viewer. The interpretation of these events and the process of collecting, combining, and creating impressions of such occurrences expands on a direction from my earlier work.
Lisa Anderson returns to the region to pursue her own studio practice after years of
teaching as an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University
of Saint Francis in Indiana. She earned her MFA from the University of Idaho and her BA
from Idaho State University.
Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, Anderson’s work consists of a wide range
of media including paper making, book and paper constructions, traditional and digital
drawing and painting, conceptual experiential work, illustration, and graphic design.
In addition to her own studio practice, Anderson’s design shop, Fontspeak Studios
continues to serve small and large businesses, musicians, filmmakers, arts and cultural
organizations. It shares space with her tutoring and workshop offerings called Atelier
114. Both studios, located in the old St. Mark’s Hospital, occupy the suite that used to
be an operating room, complete with scrub sink and surgical lighting.