Lisa M Kellner

Copenhagen1940
In these oil paintings on wood panels, I am painting landscape-like memorials to a particular era in a person's life.  I begin with objects burdened with age and use.  These objects form a visual topography; one that transcends their original purpose and the memories these objects invoke.  My intent is to create a lyrical space that reanimates the idea of place and the people who lived there.


For Copenhagen 1940, I was inspired by hand made linens, made by my grandmother during WWII.  Intended for my mother's trousseau, they were kept from her when she decided to immigrate to the US.  Years later, my mother received them, but never used them.  Occassionally, we were allowed to open the closet where they were kept to look but not touch. Each one was hand stitched and embroidered by my grandmother in their tiny apartment in Copenhagen.  I imagine the sound of bombs going off outside while she sat in her chair studiously working on her daughter's future.  For me these paintings represent a sort of portrait of my mother's relationship with her own mother.  For you, I hope they are so much more.