Lisa Nance Artist Statement

 


 

I am drawn to the intuitive nature of collage. It is art formed by the unconscious. Similar to the images I see when I’m asleep and dreaming, the images in my collages relate to memories, relationships, and emotions that are within my subconscious mind. I let the images tell a story by choosing backgrounds or settings in which I intuitively think they belong.

 

The most prevalent thing in my art is the use of vintage images of people (mostly women and children) juxtaposed with images of food, birds, the sky or the galaxy, and text to create whimsically surreal pictures. I love to play with scale and a sense of irony to add a twist to how we see people and objects. I often use recycled packaging and paper. 

 

There are several recurring themes in my work. I use images of women in the 40s, 50s, and 60s doing housework in their dresses and pearls because they remind me of my mother’s era and the way women were once viewed. My love of birds, bird watching and how birds continue to thrive, mostly unnoticed by us, can be seen in some of my works. I also use vintage images of children, placing them in situations that remind myself that there is still a naive, determined, joyful child living within me. 

 

Ultimately for me the joy of art is in the doing. Being able to immerse myself in artmaking has been a lifesaver and a life surge for me, always helping me to discover my authentic self.

 

Education

Coursework in the AFA Program at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Frances Hartfield Atelier, live model portraiture

Watercolor classes with Shirley Story

Urban sketching workshops through SketchbookSkool.com

 

Juried Exhibitions/Competitions

2018 14th Annual Members-Only Competition - The Portrait Society of America, 7th out of 1,249 in the Noncommissioned Work Category

2014 Black & White Competition - Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, FL

2012 Visual Artist Competition - Full Circle Arts, Hickory, NC

2012 Caldwell Visual Artist Annual Competition - Caldwell County Arts Council, Lenoir, NC

2011 Caldwell Visual Artist Annual Competition - Caldwell County Arts Council, Lenoir, NC

2010 Caldwell Visual Artist Annual Competition - Caldwell County Arts Council, Lenoir, NC

 

Publication

2013 Somerset Studio Magazine - Call for Submissions

 

Private Collections

Rebecca Person, North Carolina

Mary Lou Reynolds, North Carolina

Jean Paul & Ann Richter, North Carolina

David & Jennifer Walker, Florida

Butler Stiles, North Carolina

Herb & Rik Stiles, North Carolina

Elaine D’Amato, Virginia

Andrew & Andrea Stiles, Virginia

Marson & Cheyenne Nance, Arkansas

Annie Shatley, California

Frances Foxworth, Nevada

Mackenzie Bruckner, North Carolina

Roger & Cristi Bost, North Carolina

Connie Lavorse, North Carolina

Private Collector, Arkansas

Private Collector, Arkansas

Private Collector, Arkansas

Private Collector, Massachusettes

Private Collector, Florida

 

Membership

Artists of Northwest Arkansas

The Portrait Society of America

Miami Urban Sketchers (Founder)

 

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