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Lisa Wood

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Twin Reflections Print Series #1-#4, 2010 Etching on Magnani Pescia 19" X 15" Each, 84" X 15" Framed © Lisa Wood
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Twin Reflections Diptych, 2009 Oil on Canvas 4x5' Each © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #1, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #2, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #3, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #4, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #5, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #6, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #6, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Interior Dialogue #7, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18x14" © Lisa Wood
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Cradle Diorama, 2014 Found Natural Materials (real Ladybug and Silk Cocoon), Found Photo 5.5 X 5.5 In. © Photo Credit: Joop Rubens/Firelight Foundation 2014
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Birth year
1979
Lives in
Winnipeg
Works in
Winnipeg
Tags
traditional, figurative
Statement

BIO

Lisa Wood is a Winnipeg-based artist. Her work has focused on self-portraiture since 2003, investigating the tension between public/private, attraction/repulsion, self love/self hate through obsessive self-scrutiny. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 2002, and studied painting at Yale University, obtaining her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2005. Lisa has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council grants to individual artists. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Lisa was the Director of PLATFORM Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts from 2005 – 2007.  She taught in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba from 2007 – 2011, and currently is the Program Coordinator at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Conveying the ephemeral human experience through figurative painting, primarily self portraiture, has driven my artistic practice, allowing me to investigate self construction, self perception, and separating/ reconciling the interior and exterior world. I strive to make sincere paintings, mining personal experience in order to evoke authentic emotion, while using the lusciousness/thinness, aggressiveness/ breathiness of the paint stroke to imbue meaning. I see painting as a way of recording time and capturing an essence I cannot verbalize.

Repeatedly, obsessively, I return to depicting myself. Here I have ultimate control to portray myself in any way I like, without worry of falsely characterizing or subjugating another person. I believe in the ability for the personal to resonate universally, and so in my attempt to be raw and honest in my work I rely on my image.

In recent years my overe has opened to include those very close to myself: my mother and my lover. This has allowed the self reflective conversation to include family and close relationships, further investigating the complexity between what is exterior and what is interior.