Lisa Who Studio
AN ARTIST WORKING WITH PRINTMAKING AND TEXTILES USING FIGURATIVE AND ARCHITECTURAL FORMS
Address: Level 3, 153 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 2300
Hours: By appointment
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 23 September 2014
Closed: 17 October 2017
Who are you?
Lisa Who is an artist and the co-founder, creative director and curator at Curve GALLERY, established in the UK in 2007 and opened in Australia in 2012. (Initially under the Renew Newcastle program, Curve Gallery has recently moved to commercial space at 61 Hunter Street in Newcastle’s East End Cultural Hub.)
Curve GALLERY has supported over 50 artists since opening in Newcastle and is a cultural contact zone that includes a commercial gallery, retail shop and venue space for artists and audience. Lisa is passionate about art and supporting artists in an environment that encourages collaboration to connect and facilitate culture across various creative disciplines. Lisa’s own artistic practice has a pre-occupation with figurative and architectural forms realised through printmaking and textiles.
What do you do?
When I’m not working hard exhibiting and promoting artists in the gallery, my own artistic practice is focused around printmaking. Inspired by travel and the urban environment, my work is often an abstract response to place; exploring time, movement and form through the deconstruction of collected objects, printed street press and life drawing.
Using a variety of processes, from both relief and intaglio printmaking, images and objects are often repeated, cut, layered and re-assembled to reveal new meaning and to highlight symmetry and pattern. Bold black and white images form complex silhouettes of the archetypal female and aerial views of architectural spaces and symbols.
Whilst working predominately with printmaking my practice also includes site specific public art interventions that are realised as ‘Urban Knit installations’ that highlight architecture and soften the urban environment.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Since opening Curve GALLERY in Newcastle, we have been embraced and supported by Newcastle audiences and artists and have established great relationships with other Renew Project Creatives. Renew Newcastle creates an environment for artists to collaborate and connect which is so important for artists to thrive, whilst also bringing an awareness of the arts to new audience in Newcastle CBD. It’s fabulous to be part of the growing network that is Renew Newcastle.
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