Lisa Haskell '10 Online Alumni Exhibition 2011
My work focuses on a philosophical depiction of my feelings – portions of the concrete world are stored as visual memory which is then translated into an abstract formation of thoughts. Painting for me is a process to which I attach strong feelings and emotions on a visceral level. While juxtaposing order and chaos, I broadly work large areas yet still zero in on small details. Completely covering up painted areas while leaving small elements to peek out speaks to the way we all have things that we do not want to put on display; nothing is ever perfect. What on the surface might be an illusion of calm, serene or even pretty always has an underlying current of agitation. I am intrigued by situations of deterioration, entanglement, and unruliness in nature and the way in which they parallel feelings of disquiet. I take clues from the delicacy of nature’s artistry while referencing its organic forms and there is a direct visual correlation to the effect of emotions.