Artist talk with
May 11, 2013
Lisa Barthelson and Denise Driscoll talked about their fascination with consumables and found materials and the notion of piecework- defined by Lisa as
repetitive motion, small pieces, traditionally woman’s work.
Much of the work by both artists in this show; Lisa’s Family Debris series, Denise’s paintings and installation pieces, are incredibly labor-intensive.
|Repository, Denise Driscoll|
|Repository, detail, Denise Driscoll|
Denise takes (wo)man-hours into account. How long does it take to do something? … She estimates that for her installation piece “Repository” each 6 in. took her 8 hours to produce. For the series of paintings which take DNA sequencing as their, basis, she paints about 1000 dots/hour. She finds that ‘piecework’ can be meditative and focused, or the hands can work and the mind can go elsewhere. Anne West’s book Mapping the intelligence of Artistic Work, http://annewest.net/ has been a profound influence for her.
|Take Over-Over Take, Lisa Barthelson|
|Take Over-Over Take, detail.,|
For her piece, Take Over-Over Take, from her family debris series, she used 77 armature wires, each 17 in. long, attached by a cork to the back, and made decisions as she went along. When a visitor referred to the piece as ‘Seussian’, Lisa found that it was an apt description- a whimsical re-use of the pieces; she found the result to be very satisfying.
Denise also spoke about her piece ‘Mandala for Marriage Equality.’
|Mandala for Marriage Equality, 1-49, Denise Driscoll|
|Mandala for Marriage Equality, no.1,|
Moving forward, Lisa sees her work in this show as two distinct bodies of work- the
Family debris series, the organization of chaos, and site-specific work, the
Slinkies, and deer fence installations.Lisa sees this newer body of work as a response to permanence and consumption; she likes the way these Site-specific pieces are composed of units that can be re-configured in response to site, and are more minimalist in their construction and use of materials.
As is the case in of the individual pieces in materialize, and in the exhibit itself, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Last chance to see the show, and the Mandala before it disperses, is this weekend- the show ends May 19th.