Lisa M Kellner

In my work, I capture the intangible, lyrical quality of space. I am interested in how space is inhabited and what occurs when place is infused by history and memory. My work combines random patterns found in nature with the human inclination for order and symmetry. By merging these disparate components, my challenge is to distill experiential space to its very essence, and discover the unspoken place.
 
In 2006, I was exploring materiality and bodily form using porcelain and latex. Though I relished the tactile qualities of porcelain, I longed for a more ethereal and layered approach to my work.  Silk resonated on many levels as a material that I could experiment with spatially and utilize symbolically as a facade-like structure.  

Whether making room-sized environments or paintings for the wall, my primary concern is how to employ the qualities of space in the painting process.  I merge invented shapes with those I discover in the world, in order to form new relationships on my "canvas".  Layers of color are worked and reworked until the parts of the painting begin to coalesce.  Each room-sized work informs the wall works and vice versa, allowing elements of one to bleed into the other. Always, my intention is to expand the language of painting and how each work can be experienced.