“I paint the simultaneity of things seen and felt. Things or places seen out the corner of my eye. The paintings exist somewhere between intention and improvisation.” - Lisa Carter
Lisa Carter uses the language of painting to convey fragments of thought, memory, emotion and lived experience. The starting point for a work is often the discovery of a forgotten photograph, a meditation on the artist's work space or a line of text. As if trying to grasp the essence of everyday existence, Carter elicits a visual version of language and evokes 'the internal dissolving slippery nature of trying to get an idea down'.
The artist works dynamically with each painting, often placing the canvas directly on the studio floor, turning it around as she works. This adds a level of disorientation to the final piece and plays with the viewer's perception of space and time. A conversation emerges between the paintings, with Carter often building up several compositions at once over several months.
Lisa Carter (1972, Cardiff) lives and works in rural upland North Wales. She originally trained in Theatre Design at Central St Martins College of Art, spending over 10 years in London in the worlds of theatre and advertising design. Fourteen years ago, Carter's desire to paint led to a relocation to the village of Llanenefyd where her studio is the converted stable of an 18th century cottage. She has received two grants from the Arts Council of Wales and exhibited in the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the 2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Most recently Carter was involve in the 'Eloquent Brain’ project presented at the Somerset House, London in June 2016 as part of their ‘Utopia’ programme.
She also undertook a residency at Ruthin Centre for Applied Crafts.
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