Lisa Perez
Artist Statement, 2016

Working in hybrid space between drawing, painting and sculpture, my work is an exploration of abstraction channeled through a desire for perfection - a sisyphean grasp at something unattainable but ultimately embracing the expressive nature and wobbling beauty of something made with the hand and humble materials. This work beckons a slowing down and attentive viewing to begin to perceive the complexities of the thin lines between two and three dimensional elements, as well as the subtle and loud shifts of color, light and shadow. Using canvas, wood, paper and paint, my process is driven by a deep curiosity and desire to find a place where these materials meet, overlap, unify and resonate. The geography of where that leads me is both familiar and simultaneously remains as illusive as the space between seconds. Interested in our elastic perception, and things overlooked, I am investigating forms that unfold slowly: seeing and experiencing color more tactilely; allowing materials to show evidence of process and their innate properties; subtle and direct attention to light and shadow as form. Through the tactile world of materials an architecture of forms emerges, anti-monumental yet invoking the powerful, ordinary magic of the everyday.

Studio Visits RI

Community is critical to all artistic disciplines. Providence has been pivotal in allowing me the opportunity to foster a continually growing network of artists through a critique and studio visit group that I founded in 2011. This richly inspiring community exemplifies the creative current that inhabits Rhode Island and is just one of many networks of artists that sustain and live the creative life here. Here is a link to the studio visit archive of some of the artists who have participated over the past 4 years:

NetWorks Rhode Island, a project devoted to showcasing work of select contemporary Rhode Island visual artists, presents its 2015 Providence premiere season of documentary video portraits.