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I make large scale photographs that depict complex patterns derived from nature while referenc- ing traditional wallpaper design. Densely ornamental, my artwork draws upon my textile design background and refers to the interior decoration documents of Britain’s Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century. The designer, William Morris, is particularly relevant for the ways his design work drew upon similarly themed subject matter, showing a love for all natural things and design- ing with an assurance gained from observing nature first hand.
Bearing witness to haphazard wonders, the activity of taking pictures as I walk in the woods makes for a visual diary – it illuminates my position within the natural world while documenting chang- ing evidence of the ordinary and the astonishing. The inter-relationships between all of nature’s corresponding parts creates the true “pattern” of my work. Season after season I trace nature’s comforting repetition. The resulting subject matter for my photos changes with the calendar tak- ing notice and making patterns of icicles one week and morels just a few weeks later. All things are equal: I am as captivated by the full and magnificent bloom of autumn color as I am to the existen- tial challenges implicit in its fade and decay. My pattern-making forms a personal, arbitrary, asym- metrical time chart that is deeply resonant for me and key to my understanding of what it means to be alive and of this world.
The patterns are constructed from daily snapshots and scanographs composed in my studio. Com- binations of motifs are “sewn” together through extreme image layering and masking. Often work- ing with over 100 layers, a photographic grouping is created and then given a “repeat” structure - a textile design term referring to the way a pattern is set up to tile seamlessly in any direction. The ability of these patterns to endlessly tile creates the potential for multiple sized works ranging from large individual prints to full room installations.
The designs themselves are presented in several different ways: as solitary repeating patterns, as stand-alone tapestry-like designs and as floor to ceiling “sections” that combine repeating patterns with elaborately constructed “trompe l’oeil” mouldings that include wainscoting, friezes, borders, swags and other architectural detailing. Traditionally these would be called a “decorator’s speci- men panel”. Guidelines for designing panels such as these were first outlined in The Journal of Decorative Art in 1886, however my work takes these rules governing 19th century design prin- ciples and breaks them with densely elaborate surfaces that feature both the living and the dying.
Choosing to focus on natural elements that are not commonly appreciated or used for decorative purposes, my artwork is connected to the “wildness” in nature even as it is taming it by the cre- ation of formal patterning. Creating a context for connection, it is my purpose to draw the viewer into a local world as it hasn’t been seen before - charged with wonder - rich, complex and change- able while being inclusive and accessible.
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Lisa A. Frank holds an MFA from the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has also worked as a lecturer and director of the Design Gallery. She has an extensive professional background as an artist working in New York City where she designed textiles and painted scenery for the Metropolitan Opera. Lisa’s art pieces, complex close range photographs of natural imagery, crafted into rich patterns and tableaux, have been exhibited widely in the united States. Her artworks show a love for all things natural and an assurance gained from observing nature first hand. With reference to the British Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th century, these beautifully ornamental patterns create rich complex artworks.
Recent solo exhibitions include “Photography Now” ZIA Gallery (USA) 2014, “Stilleven” James Watrous Gallery (USA) 2013, “The Pattern that Connects” Sundance Gallery, Madison WI (USA) 2012, “The Pattern that Connects” Steenbock Gallery, Madison WI (USA) 2011, “The Nature of Pattern” Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson NY (USA) 2011, “The Nature of Surface” Overture Galleries, Madison, WI (USA) 2010, “Cabinet of Curiosities” UW Arboretum Galleries, Madison, WI (USA) 2009, “ARTspace” Madison Arts Commission, Madison, WI (USA) 2010.
Recent group exhibitions include “An Expansive Vision” Cassilhaus, Durham, NC (USA) 2014, “Garden Song” John Michael Kohler Art Centre (USA) 2013, “Our Gardens, Inside and Out” Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (USA) 2012, “New Work” Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson NY (USA) 2012, “One and Only” John Michael Kohler Art Centre (USA) 2012, “Snow White” Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson NY (USA) 2010, “Framed” University of Wisconsin, Madison, W! (USA) 2010, “Think Negative” Steenbock Gallery, Madison WI (USA) 2010, “The Nature of Surface” Overture Galleries, Madison, WI (USA) 2010, "Natural Elements” Be Gallery, High Falls, NY (USA) 2007, “New Work” Be Gallery, High Falls, NY (USA) 2007, “2006 Photography Biennial” Juror’s Recognition Award, Edward Hopper House Art Centre, NY (USA) 2006, “Photowork ‘06” Barrett Art Centre, NY (USA) 2006.
In 2014 Lisa received the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Artist Residency. She was previously Senior Research Fellow, at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois, as well as receiving an Honorary Fellowship, Living Environments Laboratory, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. In 2011 Lisa was awarded the David and Edith Sanaiko Frank Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts.VISIT ARTIST PAGE