Lisa M Kellner

A Visual Library

Chelsea, NY

 “When you start working, everybody is in your studio
the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all your own ideas
all are there.
But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one,
and you are left completely alone.
Then, if you’re lucky, even you leave.”
-Philip Guston

The Shape of Memory

needed something 
for her hands to do
so she
wouldn't have to listen to them

graphite on paper

= Art

Be Obsessed

("A Proposition Ate My Marriage"
2009, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council)

the unique qualities of language

a chair is a chair
no matter which way you turn it
a letter is a letter
in one direction only

how easily meaning is
in our attempt to communicate


the character of a thing
its very nature
imbued with our experience
of living, 
consuming, using
that is what
we seem to do

What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
- T. S. Eliot

I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal,
than what we actually see.
We know that all we can see of the objective world, as human beings,
never really exists as we see and understand it.
- Morandi

how do opposing elements
inhabit the same

How often do we use other people as screens
upon which to project
our obsessions?
- Bradford Marrow,  
The Diviner’s Tale



Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is 
and the richness with which this is experienced.
- John Pawson

Not the things themselves
the forms between them,
that contextualize




This dislocation of thought and purpose,
the luminous possibilities of being free to do anything,
means she’s in thrall to doing nothing at all.
- Karen Campbell, Rise


"Online life reduces all activities to typing and looking."
- Nayland Blake, 2008

all photographs and images are copyright protected
Lisa Kellner 2017