Disappearing Vastness (2017)

Profile Painting By Lisa Kellner

$1600

Silk, Thread, Synthetic Polymer, Enamel, on Wood and Wood Structures. My work explores the conditions of space while considering the superficial layer and what lies beyond it. The paintings present the surface for what it is, a dubious facade wrought with hidden layers. The sculptural work removes the painted “canvas” from the stretcher bars and places it in three-dimensional space. Here, the surface layer becomes a Painting in Space or a sculptural installation exploring the nature and fragility of facades. While these facades have value, my intention is to explore just how vulnerable they are. Pushing the limits of materials, each work reveals its infrastructure, conceding how it was made and for what purpose. Attention is paid to how space is inhabited and what occurs when place is infused with history and meaning. I choose materials that enable my work to express form and space. Silk resonates on many levels as a material I can experiment with spatially while utilizing symbolically as a facade-like structure. It is deceptively strong, yet ethereal in nature. Silk holds shape and bares the burden of pigment, yet it allows shadow and light to play a role in the work. I intentionally slow the process of making by applying delicate stitches of thread to penetrate the work’s surface. These subtle lines create a drawing in space while also occupying areas not typically visible. Finally, constructed shapes are incorporated into the work, thereby offsetting the delicate with the bold, the airy with the solid. In the studio, I invent forms that combine random patterns found in nature with the human inclination for order and symmetry. My challenge is to merge these disparate components and distill experiential space to its very essence.

My paintings and wall sculptures explore the nature and fragility of the superficial layer. The paintings present the surface for what it is, a dubious facade wrought with hidden elements. The sculptural work removes the silk canvas from the stre... MOREMore

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