Monday, February 9, 2009

isbp installment no. 15: lisa pressman

Lisa Pressman, who lives and works in West Orange, NJ,  and I met--once, for about 5 minutes--at the opening reception for Material Color at the Hunterdon Art Museum last October, but we've kept in touch via the magic of the web. I love her thoughts about her studio to the work. Not gibberish at all, Lisa!
Lisa writes:
I actually took this photo a while ago as I was finishing up some work; I wasn't happy with it (the studio looked so clean or composed). But looking at it now I was struck by how the image begins to "read" like one of my paintings. 

In the foreground you have the red heat gun shape with the graphic red line of the wire that then leads to the touches of red on the table in the mid ground and then to the fire extinguisher red and then to the touch of the red in that canvas in the way back. and so on and so forth- with colors, shapes, lines, stops and starts of bundles of energy (the brushes, the scrambled papers,the repeating rectangles, etc.). The eye meanders through to read the story.
I may be speaking gibberish with only my first cup of coffee, but seems so clear to me this morning: the studio is the bridge from the unconscious and conscious to the work.
I Know That 1 & 2   2009    encaustic on panel     each 24 x 24 

6 comments:

Margaret Ryall said...

Thanks Pam for the introduction to Lisa's work. I thoroughly enjoyed her reflection and her work on her site. Her mark making and colour sense are exquisite.
Your installments are a great way to "meet" new artists. I work periodically in encaustic and seeing this work I question why I don't use it more.

Glenn said...

Just stumbled upon your site and really have enjoyed your isbp installment series. Look forward to read and seeing more!

pam farrell said...
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pam farrell said...

Thanks to both of you for reading the blog and for your comments. This has been a fun project. Please feel free to send jpegs of your work and your studio if you like. Margaret, you're right--it's been a great way to connect with and meet new artists, both virtually and in person.
Pam

Gordon Fraser said...

Thanks Pam, I have to echo Margaret's comment. Great to encounter Lisa's work and learn of another wonderful abstract encaustic painter here in NJ!

pam farrell said...

Yes, Gordon, I agree...NJ is a hotbed for artists working in wax....