Ancestors Series No. 1
Linocut and acrylic
15.5″ x 15.5″ framed; 14″ x 14″ image
More about Lisa Wallace Deen
The grid is an imposed order. It is not just the connection of our homes, electrical, plumbing, gas, and roads. It is also the rules of life. The practical rules that give structure, order and direction to human beings. But we are not built to be grids. We are energy which we build grids to contain. We are organic beings; whose existence is a phenomenal act of creativity. Why do I use a grid in my art? Because it is comforting, orderly, familiar. In so many ways, it is the structure of our lives. But outside of it there is freedom. We need to enter into the forest; submerse ourselves in water; feel the weather pummel our skin. We spend so much of our energy controlling our physical lives, that we lose touch with the energy of the spirit. The spirit that moves in us and gives breath to all living things.
Each of these trees appears dead, but all have living branches and roots. Divided and rearranged they become an experience of nature instead of a mere representation. They began as linocuts of ancient trees. Seeing small compositions within the prints, I began cutting them, creating collaged, acrylic paintings. Using subtle color changes in squares reminiscent of quilts brings them into a relationship with a family tradition as well as geometric nonobjective art.
In a time when art is rarely beautiful, I seek and desire to create beauty. I cannot do anything else, as beauty feeds our humanity. Without it there is no kindness. There is no truth. There is no compassion. My desire is to make work that is life affirming and conceptually grounded in experience over thoughts or words; contemplative with an invitation for reflection and observation.