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In our always connected world, where do we find time to truly connect? When we believe we can control our environments--what happens when they spiral out of control--where is the disconnect?

 

Are we only connecting with those that feed our own egos? Those whose stories mirror ours? What happened to our childhood joy in discovering the unknown? In learning others' stories? In seeing beyond their surfaces in our pursuit of "why"?

 

How do we reconnect with what feeds our souls, with what brings us joy? I hope these images offer you a moment to pause, to reconsider, to find the hidden layers, and to feed your soul...

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Connected? Connecting?

2019-In Progress

Asked to respond to the "Human Condition" for a group show in Edinburgh (October 2019)...So much to respond to:  the constant beauty of nature and our destruction thereof, fires, heatwaves, droughts, floods, and the ensuing migrations; and fears feeding the global rise of racism, fascism, and loss of empathy...

The one consistently visible global reaction are people (zombies?) escaping into their phones..

Beneath the Surface

2016-Current

What lies beneath the surfaces we so quickly label and believe we understand? What drives people to journey far from home? What memories and thoughts do they carry with them to their new cities? What light lies beneath the surfaces if we scrape away the dark...? These are a series of paintings and limited edition prints done in response to the above questions. Some are celebrating the brave and beautiful souls of refugees that Lisa has worked with. Others explore questions of a new life in a new place, of leaders trying to make a better world for all, and of those left behind...

Selfie of a Little Girl
Selfie of a Little Girl
NYC Contrasts
NYC Contrasts

Framed Limited Edition (10) Archival Print under Museum Acrylic Glass 94x94cm. While in Jackson Heights NY, taking reference photos for an upcoming collaboration with singer/songwriter Tanuja Desai Hidier Lisa witnessed a wealth of diverse cultures journeying together. She pulled out her iPad and captured just a few people walking down the street. What drives where people live, what they do, who they hang with? What choices they might or might not have?

Home
Home

Framed Oils on Aluminium Dibond 110x95cm. Celebrating the brave and beautiful women and children met while doing art projects with refugees--this piece combines 3 of their artworks. Two, by children (boat, sun, tree, kids, house) fused together with a self portrait by a young woman. Conceived of digitally, painted in oils for the final piece.

Dream Big
Dream Big

Mixed Media Painting 105x70cm SOLD. Asked to do a portrait of the city of Stockton, this piece represents a city and a mayor making progress against all odds. The multiple layers of digitally stitched photos, a poem, and original drawings, invite viewers to dive more deeply into the dreams and the realities of a city thrusting beyond their legacies.

Dubai Contrasts
Dubai Contrasts

Limited Edition Print (10) Hahnemuhle Paper 60x42cm. Old collides with new on every corner. East collides with West, where one has the feeling of being in a Star Wars movie set more often than not. And then, this Iranian Saffron seller, in his very traditional shop. No he wouldn't bargain, and no he wouldn't smile, and no photos were allowed. She needed to immortalise his tough hardened spirit, and in this city of contrasts, this was her visual solution.

Hope Has a Champion
Hope Has a Champion

Limited Edition Print (10) under Museum Acrylic glass 50x75cm. Tyranny has a witness and hope has a champion. Painting these words as the foundation for the piece, Cirenza added images and drawings inspired by the work of the Children's Division Of Human Rights Watch championing the right of kids everywhere to have an education. Covered over with the pixel equivalent of black charcoal, she erased back through this to find the light of the hope provided in the work of HRW.

Layered Moments

2016-2019

Armed with my iPad, and it's infinite color and mark making choices, I am now free from the burdens of carrying materials to places that wouldn't let me use them even if I had them. The choice of color and mark making tools is now governed by the visual energies I'm responding to.

 

The images below are responses to "moments" in time. Observing the people, objects and energies that occupy a space, a series of paintings, a lecture, a political discussion, a bar, an airport waiting area--I continue to seek the connective tissues in our increasingly connected/disconnected world.

Celebrations

2019-Current

Global pandemics, challenging political situations--we all need a way to recharge and reconnect to what nourishes our souls. Pushing the colour and energetic lines in my work helps me find optimism and hopeful energy. I've always been an active sportswoman and gardener--and there's nothing better than a good hug to heal the soul.

Cuba

2018

In a world where viewpoints are increasingly black or white, without nuance, and often not allowing for any colour mixing both literally and figuratively, I went to Cuba. Raised in America, infused with a Cold War American narrative highlighted by the Bay of Pigs, and other polarizing events, I went looking for what was beneath the surface of these political narratives. I found the cars a metaphor for a people that are resilient, in a bit of a time warp, romantic, curvacious, sassy, and cobbled together with many resourceful solutions. I found the heat/light and the cool/shade metaphors for the ways Cubans face the challenges of survival. I tried to learn Spanish, but only mastered the phrase "El mundo esta loco". It served me well, but not as well as learning to embrace the Cuban optimism and love of music, dance and the arts as a means of counterbalancing life's challenges.

Paperless- Oils and Inks 106x80cm
Paperless- Oils and Inks 106x80cm

So many Cubans I met would do anything for papers and financial means that would allow them to see the world. Looking out through their barred windows and doorways at so many tourists with so many opportunities... Mixed Media on 106 x 80 cm aluminium.

Passport- Oils and Inks on 106x80cm
Passport- Oils and Inks on 106x80cm

Look carefully in this image for the embedded passport we take for granted, that gives us the opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of the world in full colour.

The Grunge and the Glow of Havana
The Grunge and the Glow of Havana

Oils on 90 x 120cm Canvas

Tomorrow's Light
Tomorrow's Light

Oils on 90 x 120cm Canvas

Heat, Water, and Ice

2019 - Present

Much of society's migration challenges are direct results of climate change and the resulting famines, crop failures, floods, destructive hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes, heat waves etc... Continuing on from my work on migration and identity, this series explores some of the root causes and effects of these changes.

Connections and Constructions 

2016-2017

Mixed media paintings exploring, and often celebrating, the ordinary connections and disconnections of daily life.

Connections 2
Connections 2

Bespoke Framed Multimedia Painting on Aluminium Board 40x60cm. So many people, so many conversations, so many encounters--living in our crowded urban environments can overwhelm the senses. Where did one conversation start and the other end? Where does one person end and the other begin? In the midst of all this chaos our differences can quickly divide us--or might our need to love and be loved, to dream, to eat, to sleep, to breathe, to feel safe, unite us?

11-9
11-9

Oils on Multimedia Aluminium Board 40x60cm. Where does one person start and another begin? What divides us? What unites us? Painted on the in November 2016 in response to some of the universal responses to world events...

Connections 3
Connections 3

Bespoke Framed Multi-Media Painting on Aluminium Board 60x90cm. Humans walking around with their eyes glued to devices. These humans, they talk to these devices, they tap on them, they listen to them--they even draw and paint on them!! Who is the master: device or human? Where does the human start and the device end?

Bank
Bank

Oils on Multimedia Aluminium Board 60x80cm. Have you recently taken the time to just watch life pass by from one spot in this amazing city of ours? "Bank" was done live near Bank Station, on a balmy evening, around rush hour. The pulse of the people, the cyclists, the vehicles--the need to be somewhere-- to talk to someone-- to read that email. The old buildings, and new construction. All from a single vantage point, during a very brief moment in time...

Constructing Life 2
Constructing Life 2

Bespoke Framed Multimedia Painting on Aluminium 45x60cm. Ubiquitous safety vests and helmets--the need for housing, hospitals, schools, roads, as the global population bulges beyond its current infrastructure limits. It's the people that give the buildings real life, from the moment construction starts.

Constructing Life 1
Constructing Life 1

Bespoke Framed Multimedia Painting on Canvas 60x180cm SOLD. Construction is everywhere in our bulging urban environments. This piece celebrates the people that originally give buildings life-- the construction workers.

Urban Paintings

2015-2017

An allegorical societal exploration, looking at the sharing of space, and assumptions during our daily commutes. These paintings are oil, acrylic, and charcoal on hand prepared boards and canvases.

Shared Space-M-Plague
Shared Space-M-Plague

Oils on Board 42x30cm. The London Tube. A microcosm of cross-cultural potential: shared armrests, shared journeys, shared purposes. And then, sometimes, Not. The plague of the manspread.

Tubers
Tubers

Oil and Charcoal on Board 70x100cm. The crowd. You've just gotten off the tube and you have to get to the escalator, but all these people are trying to get to their trains. What a phenomenal assortment of individuals. We notice all of them, and yet, we see none of them. We're busy trying to find the most efficient way to that escalator. Probably amazing life stories hidden behind those faces. And yet we focus on the feet in front of us. Gotta get to that escalator...

Footsies
Footsies

Bespoke Framed Oils, Chalks and Charcoal on Board 51x61cm SOLD

Gazes
Gazes

Oil and Charcoal on Board 61x91cm. What might these two be thinking? When asked, most men think he's staring into space thinking about what his day might be, and that she's tenderly looking at a child, or texting. Most women think he's lasciviously looking at her, in ways he shouldn't, and that it shouldn't have been painted this way. What's your narrative got to do with what you "see"?

Rituals
Rituals

Bespoke Framed Oils on Board 70x100cm SOLD.

U Know Who
U Know Who

Bespoke Framed Oils and Charcoal on Canvas 40x50cm SOLD.

Inked Otheries

2014-2015

In direct response to the "selfie" culture, these works ask us to look beyond our'selves' and into, not just through, 'others' that surround us. Live drawings done on an iPhone in public transport in the UK, Japan, and France. These are hand finished, archival limited edition prints.

Pensive
Pensive

Limited Edition (25) Print 41x30.5cm.

Peace Be With You
Peace Be With You

Limited Edition (25) Print 41x30.5cm.

Reveries
Reveries

Limited Edition (25) Print 41x30.5cm.

Green Tea
Green Tea

Limited Edition (25) Print 41x30.5cm.

Urban Prints

2015-2017

Urban scenes painting en pleine aire, pushing pixels, not pigments; to create the sense of movement, light and form. Using an iPad allows artists to capture the energy of an urban moment in a way never before possible--no longer are artists harnessed to limited tool availability, all the colours and mark making vehicles exist on their tablets. These are a series of limited edition prints on archival papers.

St. Pauls
St. Pauls

Limited Edition (12) Hand Finished Archival Print 42x59.5cm. Who are the "otheries" that we so intimately share with during our daily commutes? What are their stories, where are they coming from, going to? Look beyond your device. Engage with humanity...and please note the "s" on the title of this piece. (Background is a pastel drawing done live from the top of the Tate Modern, superimposed digitally on a live iPad drawing done on the Tube through many layers of digital stitching.)

Shared Space
Shared Space

Limited Edition (100) Archival Print 42x30cm. Sharing space, armrests, commutes. Creating space bubbles with our devices. What differentiates us? Maybe we're all in the same bubble, maybe not...

My Seat
My Seat

Limited Edition (12) Hand Finished Archival Print 42x60cm. The collusion of cultures, social strata, languages and other usually divisive human traits are amazing on the London Underground. Yes, we are all in our tech, newspaper bubbles, or whatever space bubble but we usually share the armrest, make way for others to get on and off, smile politely (ok not always) at the screaming baby--chasing the mutual goal of getting from one place to another. Then this, the iconic "shared" space.

Bert
Bert

Limited Edition (12) Hand Finished Archival Print 42x60cm. Reflections, hopes and dreams, on the way to work.

Threesome
Threesome

Limited Edition (5) Hand Finished Archival Print 42x30cm.

T'ain't Easy Bein' Green
T'ain't Easy Bein' Green

Limited Edition (100) Archival Print 30x42cm. The Green guy was on an advert as I was awaiting my train. It was a Monday. Lisa was late. She thought painting him on her iPad could infuse her with the peace he exudes. She entered the train and saw these two people with the seat between them empty. She painted them live, and put the Green guy already in the middle of her composition, between them. Are their expressions which she didn't alter to fit the scene, serendipity or a fate reality?

Prices start €150 for limited edition prints with unique paintings ranging from €2000-€20,000, (based on prior sales and commissions).