Lisa Kellner’s art means a lot of different things depending on the scale you observe it from. If we visualize her soft, globular work, with its red, purple and yellow hues as if it were very small, it might appear that it was scattered blood vessels – or even closer it could be a microscopic view of viruses. Perceiving it at a larger scale, it could be a far more familiar thing to our eyes; life found on an ocean reef, or gossamer jellyfish; still larger and it becomes colorful clouds or even landmasses lit by the setting sun. Perhaps Kellner puts it the most succinctly:
“Rooted in the language of decay, erosion and disease, my work merges intricate microcosms with immense topographies. In all of my work there is an awareness of location (whether a centimeter wide area on the body or an aerial view of earth) that facilitates the exploration of place and its emotive aspects.”
From whatever vantage point, her work is powerful in its ability to at once appear to be many things, drawing out polar opposite reactions from viewers depending on their interpretation. What motivates her to create such polarizing work? Her reasoning is highly revealing:
“What I am trying to negotiate through my work is the role contemporary art plays in a rapidly consuming and disposable world. For me, clarity comes from exploring the relationships and tension between opposing elements.”
Interested in seeing more of these unusual pieces? You’ll find them at lisakellner.com.
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