Lisa M Kellner

Antarctica 1969
Antarctica 1969

In these oil paintings I draw upon the qualities of monumental landscapes to elicit a lyrical sense of space burdened by memory and experience.  I begin with objects that act as stand ins for a person at a particular time in their life  These objects form a visual topography; one that transcends their original purpose.  My intent is to create a painting that reanimates the idea of place.

For Antarctica 1969, I found an American flag that my father had acquired on an excursion to Antarctica.  The flag is faded and tattered, yet it represents an individual who was intelligent and tenacious, an explorer at heart.  My father's goal was to realize the American dream, sometimes to the detriment of everything else.  These paintings are a portrait of him.


Please also see the 2014 series, Copenhagen 1940:

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.